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Irish and related music – new releases March 1999
THE EAGLE’S WHISTLE. Michael Tubridy.. First time on CD. Michael Tubridy
played flute and concertina on those first beautiful Chieftains’ albums. On
this album he plays flute, concertina, bombarde, tin whistle, fife and
bodhran. He is steeped in both the music and dance of County Clare, and this
is one of the great recordings of the Irish tradition.
MARTIN BYRNES WITH REG HALL. Mairtin Byrnes, Reg Hall..
One that I haven’t heard for years. Recorded in London in 1969, Mairtin was
in his prime, and this is beautiful playing of a kind that most younger
players simply are not able to achieve any more.
CROSSING THE BRIDGE. Eileen Ivers. Latest offering from a super fiddler who
no longer has very much to do with traditional music.
THOUSANDS ARE SAILING. Various artists. Songs of emigration sung by Dolores
Keane, De Danann, Boys of the Lough, Arcady and more.
BY MEMORY INSPIRED. Terry O’Neill. Another commemoration of 1798.
TOMORROW WE PART. The Fureys and Bob Stewart. Ancient, hard to get album of
Finbar and Eddie with English psaltery player Stewart.
THE HIGH B. Seoda. First album from a young ceili band type group.
EARLY RECORDINGS OF IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC. John J Kimmel. A favourite LP
of mine years ago, this is the old Leader album of the first musician to
record Irish music commercially. These recordings were made between 1907 and
1929, and are remarkable not only for their genuine virtuosity, but for the
fact that the musician’s background was German.
TRADITIONAL MUSIC FROM COUNTY CLARE. Micho Russell. Old recording of Micho,
from the 1970s.
PORTRAID. Sean Maguire. Re-issue of the Gael-Linn album of a few years ago.
MAIDEN VOYAGE. Various artists.This one has been hard to get for a long time
now. Recorded in Pepper’s bar in Feakle, it has great music from Tommy and
Siobhan Peoples (fiddle), Andrew McNamara (accordion), Kevin Crawford
(concert flute), PJ King (accordion), Paraic Mac Dhonnchadha (banjo), Pat
Marsh (bouzouki) and more.
THE IRISH FOLK FESTIVAL LIVE 1974. Various artists. German festival album
including music from Ted Furey, Georfe Furey, The Buskers, Micho Russell,
A NIGHT OUT WITH THE DUBLINERS. Yet another compilation of the same old
tracks, different running order. Even the same old misspellings.
And Michael Tubridy (see above) has compiled A Selection of Irish
Traditional Step Dances, a book in which he gives the music and steps of
some of the traditional step dances of County Clare. Using a system devised
by himself he has, for the first time ever, written down nine of the
traditional dances, including St Patrick’s Day and The Blackbird. Until now
step dances have always been taught within the oral tradition, and this book
will surely have a wide readership all over the world.
Finbar Boyle Claddagh Records Limited
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