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Here are some recent news reports from the last few months at JigTime. Also below there are a few from the Archives

Recent Ramblings

Grada to tour America in June
Greencards on tour with Willy and Bob
Jeff Parker - Two Roads to Travel by Joe Ross
Ryan Holladay signs to Skaggs Family Records
Luka Bloom new CD Innocence reviewed by Alice Farrell
Altan - Local Ground Out Now
The Time Jumpers and the Brock McGuire Band in Nashville
Rootbound - reviewed by Joe Ross
The Duhks - New CD out now
Solas - Waiting for an Echo
Steep Canyon Rangers - Reviewed by Joe Ross
Johnny Cunningham Tribute - Review by Alice Farrell
Hands Across The Water - Latest news and updates
Yonder Mountain String Band - Reviewed by Joe Ross
Paul Brady - New CD and Tour - by John Cutliffe
Darrell Scott - Live in North Carolina CD - by John Cutliffe
Danny Roberts - Mandolin Orchard - by Joe Ross
Johnny Cunningham Tribute Preview by Alice Farrell
Mark O'Connor Grammy nomination and new CD - by John Cutliffe
The Independence Suite - reviewed by John Cutliffe
Andy Hall - Red Wing - by Joe Ross
Vassar and Joe head to Athens - by John Cutliffe
Cherish the Ladies - On Christmas Night - by John Cutliffe
Ciarán Ó Maonaigh - Ceol a'Ghleanna/Music Of The Glen - by John Cutliffe
The Rose and the Briar - reviewed by Joe Ross
The Frankie Kennedy Winter School - Preview by John Cutliffe
Adrienne Young and Little Sadie - by Joe Ross
Alison Brown and Andrea Zonn in Illinois
The Chieftains To Play Merlefest - by John Cutliffe
Del McCoury wins IBMA Award - by John Cutliffe
Danu at Satalla - by Gwen Orel
Magnoliafest Pictures - by John Cutl;iffe
Andy Irvine in Dublin - by Alice Farell
Slipstream - Waterbound reviewed by Joe Ross
Sharon Shannon new CD out now on Compass
Milwaukee Irish Festival Kicks off in style
Springfield Exit CD reviewed by Joe Ross as he eats at Cracker Barrel
Earl Scruggs makes a first visit to Ireland
Pierce Pettis takes us around his great big world
Doyle Lawson - A School of Bluegrass - by Joe Ross
Altan hitting the great American highway once again
Sean Doyle - The Light and the Half Light
Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum invite us into their Guest House
Tim Eriksen - Every Sound Below
Carolina Road takes us on a fine bluegrass journey
Batt O Connor sings out some good original ballads
Karen Ryan's guide to London sessions
Lost Highway new CD reviewed by Joe Ross
Joe Ross leads us through his Crazy Zoo
Celtic Fusion Festival comes to Down this September
Red Allen resissues reviewed by Joe Ross
Luka Bloom live in New York and Audio interview both by Alice Farrell
Eddie Pennington sings his heart out - by Joe Ross
Beautiful Thing follows Larry Keel for a whole year - by John Cutliffe
The Great High Mountain Tour reviewed by John Cutliffe
Doyle Lawson rereleases an old favorite
John McCusker hits the road
Cliar and Dochas on Tour
Bluegrass Journey DVD in stores right now
Kate Rusby Live in Leed DVD out now
Dismembered Tennesseans DVD reviewed by Joe Ross
Planxty Live 2004 DVD reviewed by Alice Farrell
Maura O Connell live in New York by Alice Farrell
The Boston Irish Arts Week is on now
Andrea Zonn releases new CD on Compass Records
Czech band Fragment hit the Euro big time
The Catskills Irish Arts Week previewed by Alice Farrell
The Bluegrass Patriots new CD gets a listen from Joe Ross
The Mandolin and Bouzouki of Tim O'Brien new Homespun DVD
The Corrs new CD Borrowed Heaven reviewed by John Cutliffe
Declan O'Rourke takes to the Irish Roads
Altan and Cliar on the road together
No River City take on the Wild West
The Earl Brothers new CD reviewed by Joe Ross
Niamh Parsons plays New York's Satalla, reviewed by Alice Farrell 5/16/04
The Just Bluegrass Band new CD reviewed by Joe Ross 5/16/04
Maura O'Connell New Album out now on Sugar Hill 5/16/04
Paddy Keenan and Me - A preview of our shows in Atlanta
Clinch Mountain Mystery - Reviewed by Joe Ross
Bohola hit New York in Style - By Alice Farrell
Merlefest 2004 - The Pictures. A Collection of fun pictures from this year's wonderful lineup
Altan Spring Tour pictures finally see the light of day
Teada's new album gets the once over from Mark Pippinger
Klezmer and Celtic come together for an evening in NYC - By Alice Farrell
The Stanley Brothers Live is reviewed by Joe Ross
Mozaik in New York reviewed by Gwen Orel
The Kilkenny Roots weekend
Susan McKeown Album Launch in New York
Andy Irvine on tour of Europe
Jim Lauderdale is Headed for the Hills
Paul Brady Guitar DVD reviewed
Lunasa's Kinnity Session reviewed by Alice Farrell
Merlefest Albums in the online store now
Springfest Review Parts 1 and 2
Tony Rice Guitar DVD reviewsed
Sam Bush new CD makes him King of His World
Christy Moore Box Set to be released soon
Lunasa In New York Reviewsed by Alice Farrell
Indigo Girls to appear at this year's Merlefest
Moya in New York reviewed by Alice Farrell
Black 47 new album New York Town reviewed by Alice Farrell
Homespun Tapes tell us how it's done
Dervish get freedom of Sligo
Four Men and a Dog gearing up for March 1/21/04
Altan U.S. Tour dates announced 1/21/04
Larry Keel-Beautiful Thing documentary to debut at Merlefest 1/21/04
Frankie Kennedy Winter School report by Mark Pippinger 1/21/04
Rural Roots of Bluegrass book and CD 1/21/04
Celtic Connections opens in Glasgow 1/14/04
Darrell Scott livens up Atlanta 1/14/04
Liz Carroll and John Doyle reviewed in New York by Alice Farrell 1/14/04
Altan to return to US for Springtime Tour 1/14/04
Moya kicks off European tour 1/14/04
Music for the Springtime 1/7/04
Irish Gaelic snubbed by EU 1/7/04
Isabelle Devaux teaches us about pipes 1/7/04
Laurie McClain Making Sweet Music 1/7/04
Darol Anger's New String Thing 1/7/04
Teáda on the Road 1/7/04
Doc Watson and James Galway to be honored by Grammies 1/7/04
Damien Rice New York's favorite socialite Alice Farrell reviews Damein Rice's recent Big Apple show
Moya Brennan US tour dates announced
Del McCoury on tour and on song
Pipeline making Irish music in Germany
Dervish to tour USA in March
Steve Earle contest results and winners
Mindy Smith has a new album coming out in late January. Check out this new singing sensation
Rua are a fine young duo from Ireland who have added a little glamour to the world of traditional music
New Irish Committee to preserve and protect our arts and culture. And I thought we were doing a fine job ourselves
The Grammies are a coming. Some great music among the nominations for 2004
Darrell Scott is one of the finest songwriter this country has ever produced. Who is he? Oh you will know his songs alright
No River City are an Atlanta based duo who can tear at your heart with thier songs of life and death.
Eamonn Coyne - Tenor banjo player extraordinaire.
Jack Emerson - One of the most important people in the American music scene passed away recently and his friends gathered to pay tribute
Flook UK based fiery folk ensemble hit the road again
Lunasa take to the road for some UK and US dates
Mike Marshall and Chris Thile on the road together again
Damien Dempsey show in New York Reviewed by Alice Farrell
Frankie Kennedy Winter School
S.H.A.R.E. Songs for Change
New Book on Irish music to aid Blind charity
Cold Mountain movie soundtrack out soon
Planxty to regroup for some Irish shows
Salsa Celtica are a strange and wonderful band of merry men from Scotland and play.... Salsa among other things
The Bell Witch Movie is causing quite a stir all over the country and it hasnt even been released yet
Paul Brady has been a busy man recently recording, touring and even making tuition videos.
Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp is happening next March and we intend to have someone from JigTime there in Washington State to let you know what its all about.
Folk Alley is a great web site in Ohio which streams folk music 24 hours a day
Kent State Folk Festival was held again in Ohio
Mary Courtney - New York resident Mary Courtney has a new solo album out and we had our first listen recently
Pat Mangan is also in New York and also has a great new album out. Alice Farrell was at the launch
Merlefest Tickets are now on Sale
Merlefest are also now taking entries for the Chris Austin songwriting contest
Dervish are hosting a 2 night benefit for an old Friend back in thier home town of Sligo this month. The Benefit is calle Simpatico and even if you aren't in Sligo you can still help out
Four Men and a Dog - The Profile
Four Men and a Dog are back on the road have an album out and have as much life and music in them as ever. Check out my own profile of this band that refuses to be pigeon holed. Neither do they plan to put down thier instruments for a long long time to come. And thats the good news.
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Irish band Kila are on tour in the US and have a new album out to boot. Alice Farrell in New York dared to venture out in Manhattan to soak up the unigue atmosphere of a Kila show. Details
El Mc Meen- Sublime Acousitic Guitar Music
New Jersey based El McMeen is a master of Celtic acoustic guitar but on his latest album he throws in a couple of very pleasant surprises
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Mark O Connor's 30 Years on 2 CDs
I finally got a copy of the new Mark O Connor CD and as many of you have guessed, if I am writing about it then I must like it.

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Steve Earle hits the road with a new album and new documentary out in theaters soon
Magnoliafest Our review of this great festival by the Suwannee river in Florida
Danú- New Danu album The Road Less Traveled
Solas Another day- The great new album from this New York based irish band
Altan take the low road on a tour of the Netherlands
Morning Star A Profile of the new York based band.
Ryan Hollady on Oprah The youngest performer ever to appear on the grand Old Opry take Oprah on a Pickin' Spree.
Moya's Two Horizons Clannad songsstress with a beautiful new album
Sproule and Bays New Album Altan's guitarist with a taste of his own medicine
Eileen Ivers has been busy reccently with lots of sell out sshows around the country and shows no sign of slowing down
Ennis Traditional Festival A Trip to County Clare in Winter to warm the cockles of your heart.
Tim O'Brien's Traveler A lovely new album from Tim O'Brien tells tales of travel and love and is 12 tracks of great music.
Return to Camden Town Camden Town in the heart of London is the place to be every October/November for 10 days of brilliant Irish music.
Mark O'Connor Retrospective 30 Years of great music from this amazing composer.

With Merlefest being one of the best festivals on my annual calender it isn't surprising that I have written about it a little more than most. The articles below were carried on various websites from JigTime itself to Irish Abroad and Online.ie. Here are the Merlefest Articles


and here are some recent ones from this and other sites around the world

BB King and Jeff Beck Live in Atlanta

HarvestFest 2003

Merlefest 2004 Line Up Announced

John Prine Profile

Friend and Fellow Traveller Frank Tovey passes

The IBMA Awards

A Very Potted History of Irish Traditional Music

Johnny Cash dies

Havestfest 2003 Review

IBMA Award Winners



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