Off The Recordby Mike Farragher
- Cormac De Barra reinvents the harp as a rock and roll instrument
- Singer Jake Bugg’s new album brings us to paradise by way of Memphis
- Pierce Turner returns to US for New York, Philadelphia concerts
- The Celtic Tenors Christmas CD lends an Irish vibe to the sounds of the season
- A year after the tragic loss of lead singer, Mickey Finns rise again
HOW’S this for a dream gig? Bono and his U2 bandmates celebrated the end of the South American leg of their mammoth 360 Tour at the Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paolo, Brazil over the weekend by popping into a nearby watering hole, Bar Serrate for a bit of a sing-song.
They were joined by Muse drummer Dom Howard (Muse supported the Irish boys on the South American dates) and footballing legend Ronald. According to Hot Press, Bono gave a spirited rendition of Talking Heads “Psycho Killer” before the Edge tried his hand at both “Miss You” and “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones.
The 360 Tour was just last week named the highest grossing tour of all time, and the boys still have 25 dates of a North American leg to complete before it all wraps up on July 30 in Moncton, Canada as the largest grossing tour in history, taking the title away from the
Feeney’s team sent me a CD after the Irish Voice deadline at that time, and it’s been rattling around my desk ever since as a paperweight and drink coaster.
I’m here to officially apologize for treating the disc in such a disrespectful manner, because the songs on Pages are nothing short of a work of art.
Orla Fallon’s new CD and DVD, My Land, finds the former Celtic Woman member bringing her fans back to the place that started it all -- her native Ireland.
Fallon comes from the village of Knockananna in Co. Wicklow, and on My Land, an angelic, ethereal voice converges with supple harp playing and a lush orchestra to create a feel good evening of Celtic music.
It’s another bold stroke of a performance that keeps the elegant aesthetic fans of Celtic Woman know and love, yet offers a rootsier sound for those hungry for the homeland. Of course, leaving Celtic Woman was a huge risk for Fallon, but she’s a feisty one who loves a good challenge more than anything else.