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Mary Black’s Full Tide

Mike Wilson wrote this review. Full Tide is Mary Black‘s first full studio album since 1999’s Speaking With The Angel. This uncharacteristically long break from the recording studio had long-term fans of Mary worrying that she had nothing left to … Continue reading

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Sean McCarthy’s The Songs of Sean McCarthy

Mattie Lennon wrote this review. Sean McCarthy was born in Listowel, one of ten children, on 5 June 1923. Known to audiences worldwide through songs like “Step it out Mary” and “Shanagolden,” he remains an honored figure in his own … Continue reading

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Various artists’ Cairde

Sean Laffey wrote this review. Pomp and circumstance don’t figure in Irish history; the Beal bocht, famine, emigration, colonisation and the cultural ravages of Anglicisation have all shaped both a home and away view of what it is to be … Continue reading

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Tony Reidy’s The Coldest Day in Winter

This album is an independent release by Tony Reidy, a singer-songwriter from Ireland, and was recorded and engineered by Brendan Minish at Raheens, Castlebar, Ireland. Tony Reidy writes all the songs bar one. As a rule I like to listen … Continue reading

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Liz Carroll’s Lake Effect

Two years on from Lost in the Loop, here’s the latest from Chicago’s Queen of the Fiddle. While Carroll composes almost all the music here (with two traditional tunes slipped in), there’s plenty of variety in found in the various … Continue reading

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Cran’s Lover’s Ghost

Who was it that said, “Many of the best Celtic CDs are self published?” (Hint: Russian Stout), and who last remarked that one of the best things about reviewing for GMR is being surprised and delighted by something truly wonderful? … Continue reading

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Various artists’ Irish Life and Lore Collections, and Jane O’Hea O’Keefe’s The Ancient Barony of Duhallow: Living Voices

Maurice O’Keefe’s Irish Life and Lore Volume 1 Maurice O’Keefe’s Irish Life and Lore Volume 2 Jane O’Hea O’Keefe’s The Ancient Barony of Duhallow: Living Voices Maurice O’Keefe’s Irish Life and Lore Series 2 CD 2: Julia Mary Murphy Maurice … Continue reading

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Various artists’ Cork Folk Festival Archive

Live music is the real music – there is a certain magic between audience and performer that is difficult to translate to the digital realm. Studio music often preserves the idea that inspired the artist, and creates a different magic … Continue reading

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Shilelagh Law’s Good Intentions

Faith J. Cormier wrote this review. I found Good Intentions to be a very “New World Irish” collection. First there’s the romantic view of the IRA in “Broad Black Brimmer” and “Boys of ’98.” There’s nothing quite like a good … Continue reading

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Sharon Shannon’s Out the Gap, and Spellbound: the Best of Sharon Shannon

Ever wonder where the other Waterboys got to after Mike Scott left for New York? Did you suspect that the wonderful arrangements on their Fisherman’s Blues and Room to Roam owed a lot to the contributions of ensemble members – … Continue reading

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