Off The Recordby Mike Farragher
- Concern Worldwide launches charity CD “Together for Christmas”
- 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
You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that Paul McCartney last week released New, a “new” collection of songs.
He was everywhere — hosting live Twitter chats with fans, making the rounds in talk shows, giving interviews to countless magazines, and stopping traffic in Times Square to play a concert on a flatbed truck for a delighted lunchtime crowd.
Black 47 planted seeds in Asbury Park for what will hopefully grow into a thriving annual St. Patrick’s Day parade last week.
“We want to be the all-inclusive parade so that all manner of Irish and Irish Americans are free to march proudly,” said Jacqueline Pappas, executive director of the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce. I’ll drink to that!
There was a time in the 1990s when the trend in the music business was to go “unplugged.” It was a period of music history where I suppose both fans and artists reacted against the '1980s over-produced band' feeling in the tunes.
One of the great things about that trend was that the songs revealed something new about themselves when stripped of the studio trickery and synthesizers.
Mayo didn’t produce an All-Ireland football championship this year, but it did churn out one of my favorite groups. Mick Lynch and Kevin May formed Guggenheim Grotto back in 2003, an innovative folk-rock duo that has landed on my Best of the Year list every time they release an album.
They’re back with a new disc, a new publishing deal and a new name! They are now working under the name Storyman, but fans of Guggenheim Grotto will still find a rich banquet of complex and deeply satisfying songs to sink their teeth into.
(Sinead O’Connor will play New York’s City Winery November 6, 8 and 9)
International sensations Celtic Thunder return to North America this week with the launch of their eagerly awaited fall 2013 Mythology tour.
The show features live songs from Celtic Thunder’s top-selling world music CD and DVD, Mythology, released earlier this year, including hits “My Land,” “Turning Away” and “Rocky Road to Dublin.”
Clannad, the first family of Celtic music, is back with a new album, their first as a reunited group in 18 years.
Nádúr (pronounced ned-dur), is the Gaelic word for nature and the title of their new disc. It’s a fitting title as the album sees the family band – siblings Moya, Ciarán and Pól Brennan and their twin uncles Noel and Padraig Duggan – back together on record as the full original line-up for the first time since the 1989 album Past Present.