Archive for September, 2008

“Black Irish” President?

A listener sent me a link to this video of Shay Black singing a song about Barack Obama’s Irish ancestry. I wrote to Shay and he sent me the MP3 file so I could play it on-air this morning. The song is hilarious and something of an ear-worm; I can’t seem to get the chorus out of my head!

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Playlist 9-28-08

Artist – Title – Album

Slide – Les Polkas – OverNeath

Shay Black – There’s No One as Irish as Barack Obama – Live at Starry Plough

Jarlath Henderson & Eamonn Coyne – Craigs Pipes Set – A Celebration of the Music of Gordon Duncan

Solas – Pastures of Plenty – Reunion


The Tannahill Weavers – The Geese i the Bog/The Jig of Slurs – The Tannhill Weavers

Tannahill Weavers – The Athol Gathering – Live & In Session

Daimh – Trip to Glenfinnan – Crossing Point

Bodega – Smeorach Chian Domhnaill – Bodega


Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill – John Naughton’s Green Mountain/Welcome Here Again – Welcome Here Again

The Black Family – Dark and Roving Eye – The Black Family

Maeve Donnelly with Tony McManus РThe Newcastle Hornpipe/The Independent РFlame on the Banks

Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy – The Garden Song – The Makem & Clancy Collection


Robin Williamson – The Downfall of Paris/The Man Who Never Dreamed At All – Five Humorous Tales of Scotland and Ireland

Ceolbeg – Zito the Bubbleman – An Unfair Dance

Ceolbeg – Johnnie Cope – Seeds to the Wind


Chris Stout Quintet – The Sheriff – Devil’s Advocate

Capercaillie – Oran Sugraidh – Roses and Tears

Scottish Power Pipe Band – Jigs Set – Cathcart

The House Band – Pharaoh – Green Linnet Twentieth Anniversary Collection


Culann’s Hounds – Twin Peaks – Year of the Dog

The Young Dubliners – I’ll Tell Me Ma – With All Due Respect

Tempest – Cabar Feidh – Prime Cuts

Sinead O’Connor – Oro Se Do Bheatha Mhaile – Sean-nos Nua


Donnie Munro – Chi Mi’n Geamhraidh – An Turas

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… was really good, though a lot smaller festival than previous years. Apparently they are still prevented from using the large ball field; they only had two tracks of music, one in the SCC building and one in the tent on the small ball field. This wasn’t much of a hardship though, as the lineup was very strong, and we felt like we got our money’s worth. The crowd was a LOT smaller than in previous years – even smaller than last year – though it was composed almost entirely of dedicated music fans, so they made up in enthusiasm what they lacked in numbers. Musicianship was superb and the ones I talked to were enjoying the festival a lot, remarking on what a great crowd it was.

I got brief interviews with Martin Hayes, Roy Gullane, and two guys (Eamonn de Barra and Daire Bracken) from a relatively new Irish group called Slide. The latter were fantastic – extremely high-energy instrumentals, doing some really innovative arrangements with traditional materials and instruments. (Much like the Scottish group Lau is doing.)

Performances were almost uniformly terrific. La Musgana, Genticorum, Vishten, Slide, and the Tannahills all sounded like superstars. The Sunday closer with Hayes/Cahill/Vasen was lovely.

The Friday and Saturday evening concerts were good, though never developed into the kind of magical jam-session we’ve seen in other years. I thought the daytime shows were actually better. Still, remarkably high-quality entertainment!

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Ann Roos-I’ll Coss the Stormy Sea-Mermaids and Mariners

Carla Sciaky-Band of Shearers-Her Infinite Variety

Mary Black-Farewell-By the Time it gets Dark


Aidan O’Rourke-Mangersta Beach-Sirius

Shantalla-Fine Flowers in the Valley-Shantalla

Sharon Shannon with Friends-The Rookery-Tunes

Michael Black-Little Pack of Tailors/Got a Toothache-Michael Black


Steve Baughman-March de la Fromage Grande-Drop of the Pure

Kathleen MacInness-Youth Whose Hair is Golden Blonde-Summer Dawn

Aidan O’Rourke-Hinba-Sirius


Deanta-The Battle of Culloden-Secret of the Storm

Sharon Shannon with Friends-The Jewels of the Ocean-Tunes

Ian Bruce-Stoutest Man of the Forty Twa-Hodden Grey

John Renborn-Estampie-The Traveler’s Prayer

Aidan O’Rourke-People’s Park-Sirius


Andy Shanks and Jim Russell-St. Andrew in the Window-Diamonds in the Night

Dochas-Castle Kelly/Mike’s Reel-The Crossing

Orla-Na Buachailli Alainn-The Water is Wide


Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill-The Old Bush/The Reel with the Burl-The Lonesome Touch

Dougie MacLean-She will Find Me-Live from the ends of the earth

Altan-Dispute at the Crossroads-Another Sky

June Tabor-Belle Rose-Rosa Mundi


Mick Macauley & Winifre Horan-Jug of Punch-Serenade

Kate Rusby-The Duke and the Tinker-Sleepless

John Doyle-Captain Glen-Wayward Son

Lissa SchneckenburgerThe Battle of Brandy

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Mick McCauley & Winifred Horan-Serenade-Serenade

Muireann ni Amhlaoibh-The Isle of Malachy

Peter Ostoushko-Trip to Donegal-Coming Down from Red Lodge


Mairi Mac Innes-Fear a Bhata-This Feeling Inside

Lunasa-Taylor Bar,4 am / Ceol na Mara-Otherworld

Jim Malcolm-Road to New York-Live in Glenfarg

Theresa Honey-Scottish Jigs-Mosaic


Michael Black-The Willow Tree-Michael Black

Johnny Hardie & Gavin Marwick-Goa Way-The Blue Lamp

Susan McKeown-Craigie Hill-Bushes and Briars

Peter Ostoushko-East Texas


John McSherry 7 Donal O’Conner-Tripswitch-Tripswitch

Colm O’Donnell-Set of Jigs: Ward’s/Si Do Mhamo-Rocks of Bawn


Old Blind Dogs-Gaelic Song-Four on the Floor

Anna Murray-6/8 Jigs-Three Thigs

Whirligig-The Constant Lovers-Spin

La Bibournoise-La Grondeuse Opossum-Musique Traditionnelle Quebecoise



Michael Black-Mo Mhadu-Michael Black

Old Blind Dogs-Rolling Home-Gab o Mey

Dougie MacLean-She Will Find Me-Riof

Open House-Ryan’s-Second Story


Cathy Ryan-Somewhere Along the Road-Somewhere Along the Road

Catriona MacDonald-Shetland Reels-Bold

Anam-Westlin Winds-Riptide

Elise MacLellan-Orchardlea-Kiss on the Wind

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Playlist 9-7-2008

Artist – Title – CD


Kammen & Swan – Petticoat Set – Wild Wood


The Original Dubliners – Seven Drunken Nights – Best of the Original Dubliners

Dubliners РA Nation  Once Again РBest of

Dubliners – Fairmoy Lasses/Sporting Paddy – Best of

Dubliners – Whiskey on a Sunday – Best of


Silly Wizard – When Summer Ends – A Glint of Silver

Battlefield Band – Lads o’ the Fair – Home is where the Van is

Shannon, Gavin, McGoldrick and McSherry – Summer’s Coming – Tunes

Ed Miller – The Shearin’s No’ For You – Edinburgh Rambler


Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill – Lane to the Glen/Fahy’s – Welcome Here Again

Tannahill Weavers – Up in the Mornin’s No’ For Me – Arnish Light

David Brewer – Feisty Blonde Cow – Living Tradition

Connie Dover – An Spailpin Fanach – The Border of Heaven


Mary Jane Lamond – Mo Nighean Donn as Boidhche – Storas

Jerry Holland – Old Faithful/Emily’s/Maire O’Keeffe’s – A Session with Jerry Holland

Lewis MacKinnon – Oran dhan Phrionnsa – Here

Troy Mac Gillivray – Smash the Windows – Eleven


Slide – Spry Slides – Overneath

Genticorum – Les Remon – La Bibournoise

Vasen – Tomten kommer – Keyed Up

La Musgana – Aguasvertientes – Temas Profanos


Steeleye Span – Rosebud in June – Below the Salt

Wolfstone – The Dinners Set – Pick of the Litter

The Pogues – Medley – If I Should Fall From Grace With God

Tempest (with Wicked Tinkers) – Cabar Feidh – Prime Cuts


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