|The Frankie Kennedy Winter School takes place at the end of December every year but unlike the name suggests, it is more than just a school. It is a celebration of the life of a very important man in Irish traditional music history. So wrap up warm and head to Donegal to see out the old year with a gathering of the best musicians in the world.
|Susan McKeown - One of our favorite singers has a new website all of her own and is still moving her audiences all over the world.
Fusion is a festival which will take place in Co Down this September
and will feature some of the best Celtic and contemporary music
from Ireland, Scotland and the world. Click the graphic for all
|The Celtic Cafe is a great
site especially if you are looking for resources for Celtic Dance
best Irish traditional band on the planet Ok well maybe I am a
little biased but albums like The Blue Idol and Blackwater are
up there among the best albums of any genre to come out of my lovely
country. A band whose past has been tinged with sadness but like
the family they have become they rallied and grew stronger. They
are a must see band and thankfully they can be seen often all
over the world. They have a host of albums under their belt
and with no signs of slowing down the pace means we can enjoy
this magic music for many years to come.
Men and a Dog One of the most important bands in Irish music
history and featuring in it's various lineups the very cream of
the players. Cathal Hayden, Kevin Doherty, Gerry O'Connor and
the magnificent Gino Lupari are still the definitive line up for
anyone who has followed this band's great career.
used to be the traditional music host in this site but for the
last while they have had to discontinue all hosts. It remains however
a great source of news and information about Ireland and the Irish
Abroad The sister site to online.ie but has a huge worldwide
membership of 1st 2nd and 3rd generation irish and those who
just love al things Irish
a strange and wonderful duo from ireland who are said to sound
like a mix between Enya and Puccini. They have a unique sound and
a very beautiful website to boot.
Culture and Customs is a lovely site run by some fine people in Ohio. Check
one of the most exciting and distinctive live bands anywhere in
the world. Featuring some of the finest players in traditional
music in the world they are truly one of Ireland's real supergroups
a great site to learn more about Bluegrass music and the people
who make it.
is one of the most accomplished trad bands in the world.
US based but with international appeal they have taken Irish
music to a new level with some wonderful albums.
one of the best music festivals in the world and is reputed
to be the birthplace of Americana. It has become a must for me every
year now and the more I get involved the more I love it.
The line up for 2004 has already been announced and you can
find that in the articles section of this site or by visiting
the main Merlefest site.
another wonderful festival set in the foothills of the Blue
Ridge Mountains near LaFayette in Georgia. It is growing every
year with more and more top acts eager to play for T-Dawg and
his fantastic team
Midtown Atlanta's hometown music extravaganza which spans
all styles of music and entertainment on many stages in the
Midtown area. See some of the pictures from this and other
festivals on JigTime as well as their own website.
Bush Sam is one of the
world's best mandolin players as well as being a virtuoso
in many other instruments. Add to this his great sense
of humor and love of life and you have a real star on your
IBMA The Worlds foremost organization for the promotion
of Bluegrass music around the this musical planet.
Travelers This great band hold true many mountain
traditions with their music. They also include the amazing
Martha Scanlan who I have had the pleasure to see in a rare solo
performance. The band though and very much together and
bring a breath of air to this lovely music.
Alley is produced by WKSU-FM in Kent, OH. Streaming music
programming is created and hosted by Jim Blum, who includes his
own special mix of the best of singer/songwriter, Celtic, acoustic,
traditional, and world sounds.
Lauderdale Jim is one of the best singer songwriters in the
world today and his work with the likes of Ralph Stanley has
been recognized with a grammy. His solo work and collaboration
with Donna the Buffalo is recognised by his multitude of fans.
Prine John is one of the greats of American music and has
been for many years. His songs will live on in people's hearts
and minds much longer than any of us will be here to see. He also
owns and runs Oh Boy Records in Nashville when he is scooting
across the Atlantic to his second home in Ireland.
was my first year this this festival in Florida and it will
definitely not be my last. It is set in the Spirit of the Suwannee
Music Park by the famed river itself and is a joy from beginning
to end. I can't wait until Spring for the other version of
this great musical extravaganza
Duhks One of the nicest surprises of the visit to MagnoliaFest
was this young band all the way from Winnipeg Manitoba. This
band are heading for great things and hopefully for a long
time to come. See them soon if you can before they are selling
out at your local venue.
wonderful Sligo based band are among the top traditional bands
anywhere in the world. They live up to their name and put on
one of the finest live shows you can possibly see.