A listener’s guide to Irish song This article is the third in a series on singing in Irish. The previous two articles are Singing in Irish – Yes, It’s a Language and Singing In Irish – The Sean-Nós Tradition. In previous articles, I’ve talked a bit about the Irish language and about the stylistic differences… Continue reading Listener’s guide
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Album by fiddle player Colm Mac Con Iomaire
The Irish fiddle player Colm Mac Con Iomaire is probably best known for his work with the Frames. He’s also toured extensively with Swell Season. But, like many talented musicians in a band set-up, he’s always had that yearning to produce a solo album that reflects his personal views and vision.
Derry wants to host Ireland’s biggest music festival
Derry has launched a campaign to host the largest Irish music festival in the world. The festival, known as Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, attracts more than 250,000 visitors each year and pumps an estimated £30m in the economy of the city where it is staged. No wonder cities from all over Ireland are competing for… Continue reading Derry wants to host Ireland’s biggest music festival
Singing in Irish – The Sean-nós tradition
Like many Americans, I grew up with a very fixed idea of Irish traditional singing. I cut my musical teeth on The Irish Rovers, The Dubliners, and The Clancy Brothers in the 1970s, and cherished fond images of someday finding myself singing in an Irish pub, belting out rebel songs and drinking songs, accompanied by… Continue reading Singing in Irish – The Sean-nós tradition