Album Review / Pádraig Rynne: Conscious

The Irish concertina (the tiny but powerful Irish accordion) master Pádraig Rynne really reshuffled the pack a few years ago with Notify, an album where his traditional instrument meshed with a barrage of loops, synths and rock band instruments. It was an exhilarating outburst of energy and surpringingly bold vision, a continuous hi-energy swirl with … Continue reading Album Review / Pádraig Rynne: Conscious

Quick Take Album Reviews: “Allt”, Fàrsan, Còig, Mary Ann Kennedy

This is a quick look at some albums I've listened to lately and wish to note for their quality even if I have nothing too insightful or clever to say about them 🙂 - The stellar Fowlis-Conway-Dooley-McIntyre ensemble released Allt almost a year ago already but only now it's really been on power play here. … Continue reading Quick Take Album Reviews: “Allt”, Fàrsan, Còig, Mary Ann Kennedy

Album Review / Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider: The Butterfly

I like my malt whisky straight. Very rarely I go for even a drop of water and never, never ice. So, naturally, I approached the new album by Irish master fiddler Martin Hayes with some skepticism. He plays here with the Brooklyn Rider String Quartet, one of the foremost in their field in the USA, … Continue reading Album Review / Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider: The Butterfly

Album Review / Colm Mac Con Iomaire: The River Holds Its Breath – Tost ar an Abhainn

Colm Mac Con Iomaire's new album is a natural link in the chain of his previous works: very calm and soothing music, this time with strings in the forefront. One might argue if this blog is the right place to review music whose Irish or Celtic roots are well in the background, hardly noticeable, but … Continue reading Album Review / Colm Mac Con Iomaire: The River Holds Its Breath – Tost ar an Abhainn

Album Review / Flook: Ancora

Wow. Just wow. After a recording break of 14 years (!!!), Flook are back - and they sound as if they last played together just a few days ago. They continue to amaze as they shine on this new album; for all the dazzling talents of its members, Flook are a remarkable unit as a … Continue reading Album Review / Flook: Ancora

Artist Intro: Dervish

Dervish (IRE) are one of the iconic contemporary Irish trad bands, along with Altan, Lúnasa and Danú. Formed in an early lineup in 1989 and fronted by vocalist Cathy Jordan and her unique voice since 1991, Dervish have established themselves by their longevity, expert musicianship and a sound and feel very much their own. Stylewise, … Continue reading Artist Intro: Dervish

Artist Intro: Déanta

Déanta (IRE) were, and presumably are again, after a very long break, a forceful Irish and Celtic trad band. Of their three albums, released between 1993 and 1996, only the two latter ones seem to be available through the usual channels while the debut can be found as a used cd or a pricey rarity … Continue reading Artist Intro: Déanta