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An interview with Nick Burbridge of McDermott’s Two Hours and other endeavors

Nick Burbridge, vocalist and tunesmith with McDermott’s Two Hours, joins me in the Green Man Pub for a conversation about him, his music, and his views on a number of political subjects. I first encountered his band when reading George … Continue reading

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Alex Sturbaum’s Slash

In an email conversation I had with Alex Sturbaum (they/them) after they contacted me about reviewing this album, one of my comments was something on the order of “this is an incredibly generous album.” And I didn’t just mean the … Continue reading

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Christy Moore’s Whatever Tickles Your Fancy and Christy Moore

John Benninghouse wrote this review. Christy Moore is an icon of Irish folk music. Growing up in the 1950s, he was surrounded by the music of his homeland, including such legends as the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. After moving … Continue reading

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Christy Moore’s This Is the Day

There are some singers who stay in your heart forever. To me Christy Moore is one of these chosen few. He was there in the legendary Planxty, he was the voice on the first Moving Hearts album, one of the … Continue reading

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Christy Moore’s Live in Dublin 2006 (double CD and DVD)

I write this as Europe prepares for two nights of the Eurovision Song Contest, in which each country submits a song, often performed by a starry-eyed youngster, who does his or her best to cover his or her roots, singing … Continue reading

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Christy Moore’s One Voice: My Life in Song

I know the minds behind them, they’re riddled full of holes, Not to be trusted with their hands at the controls. Their eyesight is twisted by the glory of their careers The heaped praise of flattery is music to their … Continue reading

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Susan McKeown’s Lowlands

Patrick O’Donnell wrote this review. If there is magic in music, Susan McKeown surely is a mage, for how else can her enchanting vocals and entangling arrangements be explained? Her amber tones weave a spell when first they are heard, … Continue reading

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Susan McKeown’s Bushes & Briars

Meredith Tarr wrote this review. Susan McKeown has the pedigree to produce an album of traditional Irish songs. Reared in Dublin, the daughter of a musical mother, her own musical path took her briefly toward opera, veering off through jazz, … Continue reading

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Cara Dillon’s After The Morning

What can you say about Cara Dillon that hasn’t already been said? She comes from an Irish background, from a family with established roots in traditional music. She sings like an angel with a sweet milky voice as smooth as … Continue reading

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Cara Dillon’s Cara Dillon

This is the debut album for Cara Dillon. Why we have had to wait so long to hear from her beats me. For the uninitiated who have never heard of Cara, she is 27 years old and a tasteful singer … Continue reading

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