Tune in the first week of the month for our roundup of some of the best vocal and instrumental tracks from new and recent releases.
Summer Festival Preview
This week we preview the performers coming to one of the biggest Celtic festivals in the US, the Dublin Ohio Irish Festival.
Jimmy McCarthy Songs [Encore of #14-46]
Jimmy McCarthy is one of Ireland's leading contemporary songwriters, with songs covered by Mary Black, Christy Moore, and many others. This week we feature his songs in the hands of a wide variety of singers.
Join us for our monthly sampling of songs and tunes from some of the leading new and recent releases from both sides of the Atlantic.
Waifs and Strays
Taking our title from the 1922 book by Chicago's Irish police chief Francis O'Neill, "Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody," we pick up some stray tracks that haven't been featured yet from some of our favorite albums, old and new.
Banjo Bands [Encore of #15-03]
Banjos have been moving to the forefront of more and more Irish and Scottish bands in recent years, and this week we explore that trend with tracks from We Banjo 3, JigJam, Dallahan, and other top bands.
Music from new and recent releases will be featured in this monthly roundup.
Mining Music [Encore of #15-21]
The mining of coal, or copper, or gold, or even diamonds, has been the subject of many a song and tune from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, and North America. We explore mining songs and tunes this week.
Composed by Junior Crehan [Encore of #14-25]
Martin "Junior" Crehan (1908-1998) was one of the most admired fiddle players in Co. Clare, and his compositions are played by many Irish musicians to this day. This week we seek out his tunes as recorded by younger musicians and bands like Kevin Crawford, Matt Molloy, Kevin Burke, and Dervish.
Poetry and Songs
The songs we feature this week started life as poems, by the likes of James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and others. They have been set to music by some of our leading singers. We'll also hear readings from poets like Seamus Heaney and John Montague.
This week we raid the record shelves for a lively smattering of songs and tunes from the past several decades.