It has rang out at packed sports arena, been done to death by drunks at closing time,denounced as sectarian, balladed, rocked and punked.
Often mistaken as a folk song, The Fields of Athenry was actually written by Dublin songwriter Pete St John in the mid 1970s. It is set during the Great Famine which devestated Ireland [...]
There is only one Galway Bay – but there are two songs of that name. The first, known to many as The Old Galway Bay was written by-
Francis Fahy (1854-1935).
Born on September 29, 1854, into a family of 17, eight of whom survived. Francis Fahy’s father, Thomas, came from the Burren area and his mother [...]
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Unless redheads start to breed, they could be extinct in 100 years, according to a study
Mia Strayer (18) is blind and has just recorded a CD of her harp music … Read story at myjournalcourrier
The Young Dubliners is a band playing between borders of both emotion and geography.
Comhaltas is considering holding Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann in the North. The move would be a first in 59-year history of the Fleadh. Comhaltas boss Senator Labhras Ó Murchú said it was incumbent on them to host a fleadh in Northern Ireland as it had contributed greatly to traditional song and dance in Ireland.
Gundagai festival shows how its done
Horslips was made up of a group of like-minded musicians, who happened to work in advertising in Dublin. The success of their single Johnny’s Wedding led to their 1972 album Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part and Celtic rock had found its feet. Along with Planxty and the Bothy Band, they changed how a generation [...]
Heidi Talbot’s singing had The New York Times and Village Voice reaching to the top shelf for the superlatives. “A voice that is awe-struck and tender,” said The Times while the Voice found it “exquisite.”
Growing up in Kill, Co. Kildare, Talbot sang in the church choir run by her mother, Rosaleen, at the same time [...]