A day late but… here’s a St. Patrick’s Day music special

00:00 Skipper’s Alley – The Farmer’s Curst Wife
03:40 Breabach – Proud to Play a Pipe
10:18 Mick Hanly & Mícheál O Dhomhnaill – An Bothán A Bhaigh Fionnghuala
12:12 The Bonny Men – Jenny’s Welcome To Charlie
17:06 The Deadlians – I don’t wanna ride yer aul one anymore.
19:46 The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock – Suffer the Wait
24:15 Trembling Bells – The Auld Triangle
30:05 Declan O’Rourke – Indian Meal
33:25 Ensemble Ériu – Gleann na Réimsí
39:17 Joe Heaney – Singing in Connemara (Extract)
39:43 Lisa O’Neill – As I Roved Out
44:24 Ye Vagabonds – When We Were Trees
46:35 Brìghde Chaimbeul – Mary Breenan’s / The Reeling, The Reeling
49:49 Croft No. Five – Track 1
55:07 Breda Smyth – Bachelor’s Walk
59:07 Shooglenifty – Samhla Reel / Scolpaig
01:05:19 Ross Ainslie, Ali Hutton – Action
01:09:24 Jiggy – Ócam an Phríosúin
01:13:04 Martin Low / Martyn Bennett – This Sky Thunders

Despite being a St Patrick’s Day special, there’s also a nice mix of Scottish artists included – we even start in a well known fictional pub on a Hebridean island – Summerisle.

Featuring Skipper’s Alley, Breabach, The Bonny Men, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, The Deadlians, Trembling Bells (ft. Alasdair Roberts, Ricky Ross, Dan Haywood, Mike Heron, Scott Fagan and Amy Cutler), Declan O’Rourke, Ensemble Ériu, Lisa O’Neill, Joe Heaney, Ye Vagabonds, Brìghde Chaimbeul, Jiggy, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton, Martyn Bennett, Shooglenifty and more.

Source Folk Radio UK

Lankum are audience hit in NYC

Lankum pictured before a performance at Berlin on New York’s Lower East Side in October.  PHOTO BY PETER MCDERMOTT

Award-winning Dublin ballad group Lankum played at New York City’s Mercury Lounge last week, and I had a lovely time checking them out.  The band, which had encountered visa issues that required the cancellation of a few gigs prior to their New York show (a circumstance that is far too common these days), had arrived in that day and were experiencing severe jet lag, but performed stoically, with fortitude, to a packed and very appreciative crowd of young New Yorkers.

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Lankum’s Ian Lynch boards the Mystery Train

On a highly entertaining edition of the Mystery Train Sunday Service on RTÉ lyric fm, John Kelly was joined by Ian Lynch of Lankum for a chat and some of his favourite tunes – listen above…

The musician, folk song collector and folklore lecturer explains the epenthetic vowel and a mondegreen, and picks music by Shannon and the Clams, Portishead and Iron Maiden.

Listen to this GREAT show at: Lankum’s Ian Lynch boards the Mystery Train

RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards shortlist announced

Lankum’s Radie Peat performs at the 2018 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards

The shortlist has been announced for the 2019 RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards, taking place in Vicar Street on October 24th.

This year’s nominees cover the entire Irish folk spectrum, with talents like Lisa O’Neill (nominated in four categories, including Best Folk Album and a pair of nominations for Best Original Folk Track), Junior Brother, Saint Sister and Ye Vagabonds nominated alongside veteran players like Dervish, Gerry O’Beirne, Cormac Begley and Martin Hayes. You can read the shortlist in full below.

Additionally, it has been announced that Irish folk legend Moya Brennan, the vocalist with Clannad, will achieve this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019 – The Shortlist

Best Traditional Folk Track

Bacach Shíol Andaí -– Ye Vagabonds

The Factory Girl – Lisa O’Neill

The Foggy Dew – Ye Vagabonds

The Granemore Hare – Daoirí Farrell

Póirste Béil – Inni K

Best Original Folk Track

All Down the Day – Gerry O’Beirne

Áthas – The Gloaming

Blackbird – Lisa O’Neill

Down in the Glen – Karan Casey

The River Holds Its Breath – Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Rock The Machine – Lisa O’Neill

Best Emerging Folk Act

Anna Mieke

Alfi

Lemoncello

Junior Brother

Saint Sister

Best Folk Instrumentalist

Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh

Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Cormac Begley

Martin Hayes

Zoe Conway

Best Folk Singer

Daoiri Farrell

Iarla Ó’Lionáird

Lisa O’Neill

Radie Peat

Ríoghnach Connolly

Best Folk Album

A Lifetime of Happiness – Daoirí Farrell

Heard a Long Gone Song – Lisa O’Neill

The Hare’s Lament – Ye Vagabonds

The River Holds its Breath – Colm Mac Con Iomaire

Pull the Right Rope – Junior Brother

The Gloaming 3 – The Gloaming

Best Folk Group

Dervish

Flook

Saint Sister

The Gloaming

Ye Vagabonds

Source: RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards shortlist announced

So ’90s: Why Derry Girls is the best nostalgia trip in town

Derry Girls '90s Culture

And so Derry Girls hop-scotches into the sunset after a successful second season (the last episode is on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm). Once again, the biggest surprise about the Lisa McGee hit is not that a late-period Troubles comedy could be a rich source of chortles. It’s that we all so very desperately miss the ’90s.That seems to be true even of people too young to have meaningfully experienced the Nineties first time around. For some reason, the decade of grunge, boybands and cynicism pouring from our pores and through the walls continues to exert a deep fascination. Why this should be so, is a matter sociologists could spend forever and a day interrogating.

What’s unquestionable is that Derry Girls paints a halcyon picture of a time when the music was better, the fashion was… more interesting and selfie moments weren’t a thing.

In her portrait of female friendship in the pre-social media age, McGee pleads a powerful case, moreover, that life before the internet was in many ways superior. Nobody had a mobile phone constantly distracting them and a Twitter storm was what happened when a flock of birds took fright en masse.

How far have we come in the interim? Not quite the distance we might like to think, is the implication. So what have we leant?

1 The music was just better back then

From The Cranberries’ ‘Dreams’ to Cypress Hill’s ‘Insane in the Brain’, at its most assured Derry Girls is a valentine to the pre-internet music era. The soundtrack brims with nostalgia – season one, for instance, treated us to ‘Alright’ by Supergrass, ‘Unbelievable’ by EMF and ‘No Limit’ by 2 Unlimited (which yielded surely the greatest nineties pop couplet in “I’m making techno” and “I am proud”).

This was a golden age for pop, the show quietly argues – perhaps the last golden age. Rap-metal was coming over the hill and then music downloading would bring the industry to its knees. But in 1994 we’d never had it so good.

Most impressive of all is the way Derry Girls conjures the era without resorting to clichés such as grunge or early Britpop (which was just about twinkling on the horizon circa 1994). Even techno cheese-mongers D:Ream come away with their reputations burnished. Continue reading