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Frankie Kennedy Winter SchoolThe 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 McKeownSusan McKeown - One of our favorite singers has a new website all of her own and is still moving her audiences all over the world.
Celtic Fusion BannerCeltic 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 details.
Celtic CafeThe Celtic Cafe is a great site especially if you are looking for resources for Celtic Dance
Altan the 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.
Four 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.
Online.ie I 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
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
RuaRua are 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.
Irish Culture and Customs is a lovely site run by some fine people in Ohio. Check it out
Lunasa are 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
I-Bluegrass is a great site to learn more about Bluegrass music and the people who make it.
Solas This 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.
Merlefest is 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.
Harvestfest is 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
Music 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.
Sam 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 hands.
The IBMA The Worlds foremost organization for the promotion of Bluegrass music around the this musical planet.
Reeltime 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.
Folk 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.
Jim 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.
John 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.
Jim Lauderdale (C) John Cutliffe 2003MagnoliaFest This 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
Tania Elizabeth (C) John Cutliffe 2003The 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.
Dervish This 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.

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