This week we round up some of the best vocal and instrumental tracks from new and recent releases.
St. Louis Tionol Preview
The annual weekend of Irish music instruction, concerts, and sessions returns to St. Louis April 20-22, and founding director Mike Mullins joins us in the studio for a preview of musicians who will be coming to the Tionol.
40 Years Ago: 1978 Recordings
1978 was a bumper year for Irish and Scottish music recordings, particularly by the newly emergent young professional bands of the 1970s like The Bothy Band, Planxty, and De Danann. This week we look back 40 years to some recordings that pass the test of time.
Join us for a sampling of dance tunes and songs from some of the leading current bands, singers, and instrumentalists in Celtic music.
Celts Cover Dylan
We celebrate Bob Dylan's birthday this month with covers of his songs by Celtic and American singers, and a few from the man himself.
Lots of good tracks from 2015 CDs have not been heard on the program until now, as we revisit some of the great releases from that year.
Songs of Thomas Moore
Thomas Moore, the poet laureate and most widely loved songwriter of Ireland, was born on May 28, 1779. We celebrate his birthday with covers of his songs by a variety of Irish singers.
You can hear some of the newest exciting arrangements of dance tunes, and moving versions of ballads, in this week's roundup of new and recent releases.
In Concert [Encore of #15-20]
All the recordings this week are from live concert appearances, including some recent recordings from Boston's Burren Pub, and from the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Jackie Daly and Company [Encore of #15-19]
Accordion player Jackie Daly, from the Cork/Kerry border area of Sliabh Luachra, has been recording since the 1970s with some of Ireland's leading fiddle players and bands. This week we feature him in the company of the likes of Kevin Burke, Matt Cranitch, Seamus Creagh, De Danann, Buttons & Bows, Patrick Street, Arcady, and others.
This week we raid the record shelves for songs and tunes from the past several decades that haven't been heard on the program until now.
Music of the Civil War
The American Civil War generated a lot of music, some of it with origins in Ireland and Scotland. This week we look back at music of the era, including songs written by America's first professional publishing songwriter, Stephen Foster.