Tag Archive | celtic music

Review: Bap Kennedy, Sailor’s Revenge

Bap Kennedy Sailor’s Revenge [Proper (2012)] When I heard that the raspy voiced troubadour Bap Kennedy had enlisted Mark Knopfler for his latest effort, it was pretty much guaranteed that I would be excited to hear it. But when I heard that Sailor’s Revenge was a collection of Celtic-influenced folksy material, I couldn’t cue it […]

DVD Review: Music of Ireland Vol. 2: Welcome to America

Music of Ireland, Vol. 2: Welcome to America (Special Deluxe Edition DVD & CD) [Elevation (2010)] The first part of this series, Welcome Home, focused on Irish music in its homeland. For the second half, host and co-producer Moya Brennan (of Clannad)  interviews Irish exports. Rockers and poppers like U2, Glen Hansard (of The Frames […]

Show review: John Whelan Trio and Nightingale in Santa Monica, CA, September 11, 2010

John Whelan Trio Nightingale First Presbyterian Church Santa Monica, CA September 11, 2010 The John Whelan Trio‘s first stop a two-week West Coast tour fell on the eve of the Fall Equinox Festival, the replacement for the long-running Summer Solstice Festival. It was held in a lovely church setting in downtown Santa Monica, California. Joining […]

Show and Album Review: Laura Byrne, Lucky Day

Laura Byrne Lucky Day [Self-released (2010)] Irish musicians looking to book shows in Baltimore must have it tough.

Reviews: The Chieftains and Ry Cooder, San Patricio; Loreena McKennitt, A Mediterranean Odyssey; and Monster Ceilidh Band, Make Me a Dancer

This Monday we bring glad tidings to Celtic fans with two albums from some old (venerable, even) favorites and a solid self-release from newcomers the Monster Ceilidh Band.

Feature Review: Solas, The Turning Tide

Solas The Turning Tide [Compass 7 4530 2 (2010)] Solas released The Turning Tide this summer, one of the best albums of their stellar career. They have abandoned the new age-y missteps of their recent albums without backtracking to purely traditional material or arrangements.