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Mike Farris – Glory Unleashed

June 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I am not a big fan of religion, but I do like the songs. Now that is a bit of a blanket statement some might say. But since I was a boy I was influenced by music that directly came from one religion or another. I was born into a mostly catholic community and when I was a boy I was in the Buncrana Male Voice choir, which consisted of mostly boys and men from the town who seemed to only sing at Christmas and Easter. At Christmas we would all sit on a bus with one microphone and an old speaker on the roof and be driven around our town and the nearby countryside singing Christmas carols while other volunteers walked along and collected money in buckets for some charity or another. At Easter we would sing in the local Chapels through those very serious long Easter Masses. Even then I was torn. At Christmas the songs were a little light and happy and jolly but being a teenage boy I loved the aftershow party where the choir got to go to the local hall and drink lots of juice and eat cakes and sweet things. But at Easter, despite the excrutiatingly long sermons and way too much standing, the songs were better. They were about death and suffering and the melodies were stronger, sadder, all minor keys and they grabbed me a little more. Lets face it, I was a teenage boy living in a beautiful seaside town, swimming in the sea all summer long, climbing the beautiful hills around us and playing freely without a care in the world; I could identify with dark deep suffering. [Read more →]

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Sean Egan – Alone, Raining

May 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Sean Egan - Alone, RainingMy old friend Nick Lethert. a man who knows his music and is a great champion for Irish music in the Minneapolis area told me about this great new CD from Sean Egan. And when Nick recommends something, I buy it.

Nick writes “Sean Egan just released a CD, “Alone, Raining”, a dazzling album of eleven original instrumental compositions played by Sean on piano, clarinet, saxophone, tin whistle, and percussion.

You may know Sean as the piano player in the Blackbirds and the Doon Ceili Band, or as a brilliant clarinet player or as the quiet guy who plays the 5-gallon-plastic-water-bottle-drum, or as your music teacher, or you may even be related to him, as I am (and wondering why the musical genius dust didn’t get passed around the family).

Whether you know Sean well or not at all, I predict that this music will astonish you, and put new colors in your world.

You can listen to or purchase the CD at this link:


and you can find out more about Sean at his website:


I will be getting a copy of this myself and possibly using some tracks on an upcoming Podcast. Stay tuned!

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Flatpicking Guitar Network

May 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Flatpicking Guitar MagazineMy old friends at Flatpicking Guitar Magazine have recently launched the Flatpicking Guitar Network, a social network devoted to flatpicking guitar players. [Read more →]

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Music News – Paul Brady and Sarah Siskind

May 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Good Monday to you all. It was a quiet week for Celtic music last week but there was a lot more happening on the Americana front. But one bit of news demonstrated perfectly that great link between the music of my home and American music. In a very recent press release my old pal Paul Brady announced that he had been working with Nashville based singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind. [Read more →]

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Flook on the Road

May 14th, 2008 · No Comments

The powerhouse folk band Flook are heading out on the road again for some shows over the coming months. If you haven’t had a chance to see them play live then you need to get tickets asap. Check out the tour dates on their own website at http://flook.co.uk

Also the band are appealing for help for another musician friend of theirs, Damian O’Kane. Here is the appeal from the website. [Read more →]

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