Archive for March, 2016

Centenary commemorations for the 1916 Easter Rising are under way in Dublin, Ireland.  Today’s show mixes music with poetry, speech, and interviews with participants in the Rising.  The interviews come from the RTE Archives, which contain many more and are a marvelous source of recollectons from people who were not just present, but active participants in those historic events.

Brendan McKinney with the Michael Reilly Orchestra “Ode to the Irish” from Hidden Treasures: Irish Music in Chicago (2000) on “Big Chicago” Records

Tommy Makem “ireland” from Ancient Pulsing on Red Biddy

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Seamus Begley “Wrap the Green Flag Round Me Boys” from The Bold Kerryman on IRL

The Original Dubliners “A Nation once Again” from The Best of the Original Dubliners (2003) on EMI

The House Band “The Four Courts/The Fox on the Prowl” from Groundwork (1993) on Green Linnet

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The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem “A Medley Commemorating the Easter Rising of 1916” from Freedom’s Sons on Columbia Legacy

Feature — Proclamation of the Irish Republic

Sibeal “Mise Eire” from Mise Eire – Single (2016) on Unknown

Relativity “Gile Mear” from Relativity (2006) on Green Linnet

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Feature — Helena Moloney (of Cumann na mBan) remembering her part in the attack on Dublin Castle and City Hall, death of Sean Connolly

Martin Hayes “O’Connell’s March / Galway Bay Hornpipe / The Banshee’s Wail / Over the Mangle Pit” from Under The Moon (2006) on Green Linnet

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Feature — Maurice Brennan – “I happened to be sentenced to be shot” – courts-martial in Kilmainham Gaol, death of Eamonn Ceannt

The Bothy Band “The Blackbird” from Out of the Wind, Into the Sun (1977) on Compass Records

Silly Wizard “The Blackbird of Sweet Avondale” from A Glint of Silver on Green Linnet

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Feature — Min Ryan of Cumann na mBan – “We never thought this would be the end” – Sean McDiarmada in Kilmainham Gaol

Feature — Roddy Connolly (son of James Connolly), Irish Citizens Army

The Wolfe Tones “James Connolly” from Live Alive-Oh on Shanachie

The Blarney Pilgrims – James Connolly’s Last Speech

Black 47 “James Connolly” from Fire of Freedom (1993) on SBK

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The Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem “Oro se do Bheatha Mhaile” from In Person At Carnegie Hall (2009) on Legacy

Sinead O’Connor and The Chieftains “The foggy Dew” from The Long Black Veil (2004) on Circa Rea Teo

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Saint Patrick’s Day’s spell lingers all week so a show featuring all Irish music and song. Some traditional some contemporary and some including American artists with a fine grasp on the Irish musical culture.



Derek Bell-Dublin Town-The Mystic Harp-Clarity
Clannad-Neansai Mhile Gra-Celtic Tapestry-Shanachie
Cherish the Ladies-Paddy O Snap/Robin Kellegher-Woman of the House-Rounder


Kathie McMahon-Crucan Na nPaiste-Gaelic Ireland-EUCD
Martin Hayes-Tell her I am/ Gallegher’s Frolics-The Lonesome Touch-Green Linnet
Ceoltoiri-Kilarney Boy’s of Pleasure-Silver Apples of the Moon-Maggie’s Music
Bothy Band-Fionnghuala-The Best of the Bothy Band-Green Linnet


Bothy Band-Old Hag you have killed me-Best of the Bothy Band-Green Linnet
Dick Gaughin-Song for Ireland-Green Linnet 2oth Anniversary
Paddy Keenan-Kell Devil Air-Na Keen Affair-Conya Records
Voice Squad-The Sheep Stealers-Good People All-Shanachie


Joannie Madden-Whistle on the Wind/Jug of Punch-Whistle on the Wind
Cherish the Ladies-Roisin Dubh-Out and About-Green Linnet
Finola O Siochru-Mairin de Barra-Gaelic Ireland-EUCD
Lunasa-Autumn Child-Other World-Green Linnet


Altan-Dulaman-Gaelic Ireland-EUCD
Karen Casey/John Doyle-Sailing off to the Yankee Land-Exiles Return-Compass
Tim O’Brien-Ireland’s Green Shore-The Crossing-Alula Records
Lisa Schneckenburger-The Irish Girl-Lisa Schnneckenburger


Dervish-A Spailpin Fanach-At the End of the Day-Kells
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill-Paddy’s Reel-The Lonesome Touch-Green Linnet
Cassidys-Tiocfaidh An Samhradh-Singing from Memory-Sliced Bread
Dervish-Swallow’s Tail-Spirit-Compass


John Doyle, Nula Kennedy, Eamon O’Leary-Lovely Nancy-The Alt- Under the Arch
Altan-Dispute at the Crossroads-Another Sky-Narada
Robbie O’Connell-Keg of Brandy-The Celts Rise Again-Green Linnet
Delores Keane-Ballyroan-Night Owl-Alula

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