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The Chieftains The Donegal Set The Chieftains traditional Irish band formed in Dublin in November 1962, by Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy
The Dubliners Whiskey in the Jar The Dubliners a well-known Irish traditional song, set in the southern mountains of Ireland, often with specific mention of counties Cork and Kerry, as well as Fenit, a village in County Kerry. The song is about a Rapparee (Highwayman), who is betrayed by his wife or lover, and is one of the most widely performed traditional Irish songs. It has been recorded by numerous professional artists since the 1950s. The song first gained wide exposure when the Irish folk band The Dubliners performed it internationally as a signature song, and recorded it on three albums in the 1960s
The Wolfe Tones Holy Ground Rifles Of The I.R.A. "The Holy Ground" is a traditional Irish folk song, performed by The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, The Jolly Rogers, the Poxy Boggards, the Brobdingnagian Bards, Mary Black, Pete Seeger, The Tossers, and Beatnik Turtle, among others. John Loesberg points out that although the song is now closely associated with Cobh in Co Cork, it probably originated in Wales where it was known as Old Swansea Town Once More, or sometimes as The Lass of Swansea Town. Robert Gogan describes how the song was a sea shanty sung by sailors as a mental diversion as they carried out various tasks at sea such as raising the anchor. The Holy Ground is a local place name in the town of Cobh, County Cork, on the southern coast of Ireland. The song "The Holy Ground" (see below) is named after this area. The name is ironic, the piece of ground known as the Holy Ground was the town's red-light district in the 19th century when the town, then known as Queenstown, was a major stopping point for ships crossing the Atlantic and had a large throughput of seafarers. There were plans to build a new yachting marina on the foreshore in front of the Holy Ground, but this is now uncertain.
Christy Moore Lisdoonvarna Ride On a spa town of 822 people (2002 census) in County Clare in Ireland. The town is famous for its music and festivals.
The Clancy Brothers Brennan On The Moor The Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem In Person At Carnegie Hall William "Willy" Brennan was an Irish Highwayman caught and hanged in County Cork in either 1804 or perhaps 1809 or 1812, whose story was immortalised in the ballad "Brennan on the Moor"
Triona Marshall Street Reels Between Two Ways The Celtic harp is a triangular harp traditional to Brittany, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is known as a telenn in Breton, cláirseach in Irish, clàrsach in Scottish Gaelic and telyn in Welsh. In Ireland and Scotland it was a wire-strung instrument requiring great skill and long practice to play, and was associated with the Gaelic ruling class. In the Republic of Ireland, it appears on the coins and coat of arms.
The Cranberries Dreams Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
Wendy MacIsaac Jigs: The Short Grass Jig - Etc. The Heart Of Cape Breton: Fiddle Music Recorded Live Along The Ceilidh Trail
The Chieftains The Wind That Shakes The Barley/The Reel With The Beryle The Chieftains
The Dubliners Black Velvet Band A Drop of the Hard Stuff Major Minor Records a traditional Irish folk song describing transportation to Australia, a common punishment in 19th century Britain and Ireland. The song tells the story of a tradesman who meets a young woman who has stolen an item and passed it on to him (the lyrics of the song vary from place to place). The man then appears in court the next day, charged with stealing the item and is sent to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) for doing so. Released in 1967 on their debut album.
The Irish Rovers The Unicorn The Unicorn MCA 1967; a group of Irish musicians, half of whom now live in Canada. a recording of Shel Silverstein's poem, featured Glen Campbell on lead guitar. It was a huge hit for The Irish Rovers
Ewan MacColl Dirty Old Town Black & White Written in 1949 by Ewan MacColl, English folk singer, songwriter, communist, labour activist, actor, poet, playwright, and record producer. His wife, singer Peggy Seeger (sister of Pete Seeger) sings with him on the song.
Mairead Ni Oistin Barr an tSleibhe Corn Uí Riada Buaiteoirí 1972–2007 / Winners of the Oireachtas Seán-nós Singing Competition 1972–2007 sean-nós (Irish for "old style") is a highly ornamented style of unaccompanied traditional Irish singing.
Kinnon Beaton Jigs: Kitty Of Oulart The Heart Of Cape Breton: Fiddle Music Recorded Live Along The Ceilidh Trail Smithsonian Folkways
The Dubliners The Manchester Rambler 30 Years A Greying also known as "I'm a Rambler" and "The Rambler's Song", is a song written by the English folk singer Ewan MacColl. It was inspired by his participation in the Kinder trespass, a protest by the urban Young Communist League of Manchester, and was the work that began MacColl's career as a singer-songwriter. Since the 1950s, the song has become a standard among folk musicians, as it was for MacColl himself. It has been covered many times, including by The Dubliners and The Houghton Weavers. It has been sung both in clubs and in the open air on a variety of occasions, including at Kinder Downfall in 2009 when Kinder was designated as a National Nature Reserve. The Kinder mass trespass was a deliberate act of civil disobedience (the law of trespass having already been repealed[1]) by men of the Young Communist League of Manchester, and others from Sheffield.[2] The protest was intended to secure free access to England's mountains and moorlands. The 'ramblers', led by Benny Rothman, walked from Bowden Bridge Quarry, near Hayfield to climb the hill called Kinder Scout in the Derbyshire Peak District on 24 April 1932. A young man called James Henry Miller, better known as Ewan MacColl, was a keen rambler and an enthusiastic member of the Young Communist League. He played a major part in organising the publicity for the trespass, duplicating and handing out leaflets, though this role is disputed.[1] He took part in the trespass,[3] and was shocked by the violent reaction of the gamekeepers who met the ramblers on the hill, and the extremely harsh sentences handed down by the magistrates to the five ramblers who were arrested that day.[4][3] What MacColl did not know was that the protest was to have a powerful long-term effect, leading to improved access to the countryside in the shape of national parks (from 1949), long-distance footpaths starting with the Pennine Way (opened in 1965) and various forms of the desired 'right to roam' (such as with the CRoW Act, 2000)
The Bothy Band The Blackbird (Air, Set Dance And Reel) Out of the Wind-Into the Sun Alliance 1977; 3rd album; The Bothy Band was formed in 1975 by bouzouki player Dónal Lunny, after he left the group Planxty to form his own record company, Mulligan. Lunny invited uilleann piper Paddy Keenan, flute and whistle player Matt Molloy, fiddler Paddy Glackin, and accordion player Tony MacMahon to get involved in an early project for the new label. This group of players was soon joined by a brother and sister who played in the Irish traditional group Skara Brae: Mícheál Ó Domhnaill on acoustic guitar and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill on clavinet and vocals. Originally called Seachtar (Gaeilge for seven), the group was renamed by Mícheál Ó Domhnaill after Tony MacMahon left the group to work as a producer for BBC. The Bothy Band made its debut on 2 February 1975 at Trinity College, Dublin
Bang On A Can Reeling All-Stars Field Recordings Cantaloupe 2015
The Dubliners Finnegan's Wake Finnegan Wakes Transatlantic 1966; a ballad that arose in the 1850s in the music-hall tradition of comical Irish songs. The song was a staple of the Irish folk-music group the Dubliners, who played it on many occasions and included it on several albums, and is especially well known to fans of the Clancy Brothers, who have performed and recorded it with Tommy Makem.In the ballad, the hod-carrier Tim Finnegan, born "with a love for the liquor", falls from a ladder, breaks his skull, and is thought to be dead. The mourners at his wake become rowdy, and spill whiskey over Finnegan's corpse, causing him to come back to life and join in the celebrations. Whiskey causes both Finnegan's fall and his resurrection—whiskey is derived from the Irish phrase uisce beatha, meaning "water of life".
The Irish Rovers I'm A Rambler, I'm A Gambler The Rambler
The Irish Rovers The Orange and The Green The Irish Rovers
The Dubliners The Wild Rover The Spirit of The Irish
Planxty The Hare In The Corn/The Frost Is all Over/The Gander In The Pratiehole Cold Blow and the Rainy Night Polydor 1974; 3rd studio album. Formed in 1972, consisting initially of Christy Moore (vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhrán), Andy Irvine (vocals, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitars), and Liam O'Flynn (uilleann pipes, tin whistle). They quickly revolutionized and popularized Irish folk music, touring and recording to great acclaim.
The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem Shoals Of Herring The Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem In Person At Carnegie Hall Ballad written by Ewan MacColl
The Chieftains The Kilfenora Set Water From The Well