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Tue. Oct 6 @ 8pm & Wed. Oct 7 @ 10am (CDT)
Approaching her second album, Belfast singer Gráinne Holland knew that traditional Gaelic song could be modern and contemporary, whilst at the same time respecting the past. In 2011 she released her debut album, ‘Teanga na nGael', to critical acclaim, and this release builds very strongly on that work. Once again she works with Dónal O’Connor who acts as producer and arranger on the recording. Those arrangements are a distinguishing feature of the album, and credit must also go to the outstanding team of players that she has brought onboard.
Wed. Oct 7 @ 8pm & Thrs Oct 8 @ 10am (CDT)
In the liner notes to their debut album ‘The Birds Never Cease’ Liam Merriman & Eoin O’Meachair set out some background to the recording. They say “we decided to focus on songs and song melodies, and create an album that blends both new and older folk material. There has always been a great connection between Irish audiences and the art of song as portrayed by many of our singers and songwriters including Christy Moore, Maura O'Connell, and the late Liam Clancy andChristie Hennessy.
Thrs. Oct 8 @ 8pm & Fri. Oct 9 @ 10am (CDT)
Fiddler Matt Mancuso and guitarist Patsy O'Brien were at the top of their game at the Celtic Junction on September 19, 2015 (video below) and what a game it was. Both are steeped in the traditions and techniques of Traditional Irish music but they bring a whole lot more to the game. Mancuso, a New York native, studied and played jazz trumpet (and still does) while O'Brien went through a phase where Delta Blues was his muse. Mancuso's New York style, an amalgamation of many of the styles that reached there from Ireland over the years, coupled with O'Brien's incredibly intricate finger style had them sounding one minute like Grappelli and Reinhardt and the next minute like a hard-driving crossroads ceili. If you get a chance to see these two guys in action, jump at it. You will not regret it.
Mon. Oct 12 @ 8pm & Tue. Oct. 13 @ 10am (CDT)
Good Day Señor is the new release by Cork musician Conor O’Sullivan. Conor plays acoustic and electric guitar, banjo and mandolin on the album, and has been involved in music from a very young age. He found early inspiration playing in traditional sessions in Cork city, where he was fortunate enough to hear musicians like Tim O'Brien, Cathal Hayden, Casey Dreissen, Bryan Sutton, Darrell Scott, John Carty, Brian McGrath, Beppe Gambetta and many more perform.
Tue. Oct. 13 @ 8pm & Wed. Oct. 14 @ 10am (CDT)
The New Blackthorn Stick is the new release by critically acclaimed clarinetist Andrew Lamy. It also lays claim to being the first ever traditional Irish music album for clarinet, with a broad collection of traditional reels, jigs, hornpipes, slow airs, and original compositions.