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Frankie Gavin Up Close and Personal

Frankie Gavin and De Dannan are now half way through their Up Close and Personal Tour of Ireland and going down a storm by all accounts.

The title Up Close and Personal relates to the fact that the band are playing several small or out of the way venues that wouldn’t normally expect to host such a well-known act.

Irish songwriter sets Mandela speech to music

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Nelson Mandela in 2008
Nelson Mandela in 2008

Irish music has always been attracted to folk heroes and there aren’t many folk heroes more inspiring than Nelson Mandela.

He has certainly inspired Irish musician John Hughes. Hughes was managing the Irish group The Corrs when they played at the South Africa Freedom Day concert in London in 2001.

Gary Moore – An Irish music legend

It was so sad to hear of the death of Irish guitarist Gary Moore at the age of just 58.

Gary was a supremely gifted guitarist who set himself the very highest standards.

He was born in Northern Ireland but moved to Dublin when he was only 16 and quickly became a major figure in the local rock scene.

Classic Irish fiddle music straight from the kitchen

If you like Irish fiddle tunes then you could hardly do better than to listen to Sean Ryan – one of Ireland’s all time greats.

And just to add to the authenticity, you can how hear it how he played his music back home in his kitchen in Tipperary, thanks to a new double album released by Claddagh Records.

What The Dubliners really drank back stage…

It’s good to see The Dubliners are still touring regularly and packing large theatres wherever they go.

They played several gigs every month of last year, mainly in venues all over Europe.

Now they’re getting ready for a tour of the UK. They start at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on February 18th and play another 15 gigs before finishing at the Fringe Theatre at Great Malvern on March 22nd.