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One of the many charms of Celtic Connections is the focus on “connections.”  Lahira is an incredible connection of Celtic and Indian musicians. Skye Gaelic singer Anne Martin provides the Celtic base with her strong voice and presence.  Joining her are British-Indian vocal/electro artist Jason Singh, along with two of India’s most revered musicians – violinist Sharat Chandra Srivastava and Gyan Singh on tabla.  Bassist/guitarist Joe Harrison-Greaves is also in the group.  This is something that must be experienced by all traditional and crossover music lovers.  Martin may start out with what seems to be a traditional Gaelic song, but once Srivastava adds the violin for the tune’s heart and Singh grounds it with his rhythms, there is no telling where your imagination will soar on the music.  Watching the audience get into the songs and tunes was almost as much fun as enjoying what the band was providing on stage.  Sadly, they had no CD to buy, but you can follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lahiramusic/ .

The main act was billed as KGB – Keenan, Gavin, and Byrne.  Old friends Paddy Keenan and Frankie Gavin had a wonderful night poking fun at each other, with Paddy using his pipes to make chicken squawks and play “Happy Birthday” to himself.  Always a comedian, Frankie raced through jokes almost as fast as he can fiddle.  Dermot Byrne held down his end of the stage with a patient smile and incredible accordion virtuosity, whenever Paddy and Frankie were ready to play some tunes.  This gig had so many highlights, from the running gag of Paddy’s first job as an egg-sorter (prompted by the chicken squawks), to old favorite tunes played by master musicians, to Dermot’s solo, and an unscheduled departure from traditional tunes to an old rock standard.  Old friends playing beautiful music made for a grand evening.

https://www.paddykeenan.com/

https://frankiegavin-dedannan.irish/

http://www.dermotandflo.com/

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Patrick Ball brings his newest show, Come Dance With Me in Ireland, to Fort Bragg's Eagles Hall as a benefit KZYX performance.

Patrick Ball brings his newest show, Come Dance With Me in Ireland, to Fort Bragg’s Eagles Hall as a benefit KZYX performance.

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9:00

Tony McManus-Inveran/Devil in the Kitchen-The Maker’s Mark-Compass
Runa-Amhran Mhuighinse-Somewhere Along the Road-Runa
Three Mile Stone-Old Innishowan-Irish Music fom San Francisco-TMS

9:15
Malinky-Follow the Heron-Three Ravens-Green Trax
Cassie and Maggie-Sterling Road-Hearth PR
Jim and Susie Malcolm-Fiddle and Bow-Spring will Follow On-Beltane
Daimh-Hiu Ra Bho Nuair-Tuneship-Ostaig

9:30

Old Blind Dogs-Psychopomps-Where Ever Yet Be-Compass
Karen Casey and John Doyle-Sailing Off to the Yankee Land-Exile’s Return-Compass
Johnny Connoly-The Bush on the Hill/Bobby Casey’s-Bridgetown-Green Linnet
McKassen and McDonald-Bay of Biscay-HarbourMcKassen and McDonald

10:00

Robin Bullock-Rigler’s March/Rex’s Rambles-Earth and Sky-Maggie’s Music
Orla-Na Buachailli Alainn-The Water is Wide
Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor-Paddy Canny’s Toast-Noctambule
Ed Miller-The Rolling Hills of the Borders-Never Frae my Mind

10:15

Jena Moynihan-Haven-Woven-Moynihan
Karen Matheson-Nighean Dubh Nighean Donn-At the Heart of it All
Anna Murrey-Finbarr-Into Indigo-Lochshore
Sylvia Herold-Courting is a Pleasure-Crystal Tears

10:30

Rory Cambell and Malcolm Stitt-John Griffin’s-Lochshore
Christa Burch-Love of the Land-Love of the Land-Burch
Mark Dunlop-The Three Huntsman-Islands on the Moon-Green Trax
McKasson and Mc Donald-Theme for Scotland-Habour

10:45

Jim Reid-Daft Doft Donald-Yont the Tay-Green Trax
Colleen Raney-Canadee-I-O-Here This Home-Little Sun Records
Billy McComiskey-Keogh’s/Maggie Lynn’s-Outside the Box-Compass
Aiden O’Rorke-Mangersta Beach-Sirius-Vertical

Playlist Jan. 7, 2018

The Chieftains “Lord Mayo” from The Chieftains 4 (1973) on Claddagh Records Limited

The Chieftains “Cunla” from Another Country (1992) on RCA Victor

Matt Molloy “Tommy Coen’s, The Otter’s Holt, McFadden’s Handsome Daughter” from Music at Matt Molloy’s (1992) on Real World

Set break

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem “Dialogue/The Irish Rover” from In Person At Carnegie Hall (2009) on Columbia/Legacy

The Clancy Brothers & Robbie O’Connell “Wild Rover” from Tunes ‘n’ Tales of Ireland on Folk Era

Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy “Ballad of St. Anne’s Reel” from The Makem and Clancy Collection (2005) on Shanachie Entertainment

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem “Oro Se do Bheata Mhaile” from In Person At Carnegie Hall (2009) on Columbia/Legacy

Set break

The Original Dubliners “The Fairmoy Lasses & Sporting Paddy” from The Best of the Original Dubliners (2003) on EMI

The Original Dubliners “Dirty Old Town” from The Best of the Original Dubliners (2003) on EMI

The Original Dubliners “whiskey In the Jar” from The Best of the Original Dubliners (2003) on EMI

Set break

Clannad “An Gabhar Bán” from Clannad 2 (1974) on Gael Linn

Clannad “The Galtee Hunt” from Dulaman (1976) on Shanachie

Frankie Kennedy & Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh “Cita Na GCumann” from Altan (2006) on Green Linnet

Altan “Con Cassidy’s and Neil Gow’s Highlands / Moll and Tiarna / McSweeney’s Reels” from Horse With a Heart (2006) on Green Linnet

Set break

Julie Fowlis “Dh’èirich Mi Moch, b’ Fheàrr Nach Do Dh’èirich” from alterum (2017) on Machair Records Ltd

Liz Carroll “The Fruit and the Snoot / On the Offbeat” from On the Offbeat (2013) on Liz Carroll

Cathal McConnell “The Hurricane of Reels” from Long Expectant Comes At Last (2000) on Compass Records

String Sisters “Shetland Fiddle Diva / Kinyon’s Jig / Kinyon’s Reel / Lad O’beirne’s” from String Sisters Live (2007) on Heilo

Set break

Arthur Cormack “Tionndaidh Am Bat (Turn the Boat)” from Ruith Na Gaoith (1989) on Temple Records

Frankie Gavin, Malachy Bourke & Brian Bourke “The Glenbeigh/Memories of Sligo” from The Master’s Return (2015) on Ergodos

Siobhan Miller “Banks of Newfoundland” from Strata (2017) on Songprint Recordings

Duncan Chisholm “Chasing Daylight” from Canaich (2010) on Copperfish

Set break

Capercaillie “Fear a Bhata” from The Blood is Strong (1988) on Survival Records

Fara “Billy’s Short Leg” from cross the line (2016) on Nordic Notes

Kathleen MacInnes “Oran na Cloiche” from Summer Dawn (2006) on Greentrax Recordings

Blazin’ Fiddles “The Diplodocus” from Six (2013) on Blazin Records

Fiddler’s Bid “The Fiddlers’ Bid Ode to Joy” from All Dressed In Yellow (2009) on Hairst Blinks Music

New Year’s Eve playlist

Horslips “Drive the Cold Winter Away” from Drive the Cold Winter Away (Bonus Version) (2010) on Celtic Airs

PSA

Christa Burch “giant” from Love of the Land (2009) on Christa Burch

Dervish “Apples in Winter” from Harmony Hill (1996) on Dervish

Catherine-Ann MacPhee “Chi Mi’ N Geamhradh” from Chi Mi’ N Geamhradh (1991) on Greentrax Recordings

Set break

Julie Fowlis “Lon-dubh/Blackbird” from Cuilidh (2007) on Spit & Polish

Dougie Maclean “The Osprey” from Fiddle (1984) on Dunkeld Records

Andy M. Stewart “The Echo Mocks the Corncake” from The Man In the Moon (2006) on Green Linnet

Battlefield Band “The Golden Eagle / O’er the Moor to Maggie / The Highland Man Kissed His Grannie / Wissahickon Drive” from New Spring (2008) on Temple Records

Set break

PSA

Calum Alex MacMillan “Fonn Mo Leannain” from Till (2017) on Vertical Records

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas “Freedom Come All Ye” from Ports of Call (2017) on Culburnie Records

Julie Fowlis “Fear a’ Bhrochain / Dòmhnall Binn” from alterum (2017) on Machair Records Ltd

Fras “Tom McHale’s” from Dile (2016) on Birnam

Station ID

Mary Ann Kennedy “Grioglachan” from An Dan (2017) on ARC Music

Set break

PSA

The Drunken Gaugers “The Broken Windscreen” from The Drunken Gaugers (2017) on Brooklyn Boy 1 Records

Lankum “Bad Luck to the Rolling Water” from Between the Earth and Sky (2017) on Rough Trade

Doyle McCusker Goldrick “The Wishing Tree” from The Wishing Tree (2017) on Under One Sky Records

Gudrun Walther & Jürgen Treyz “Maid on the Shore” from duo (2017) on Walther & Treyz Records

Réalta “Saltón De Meres / Pasacáis Del Xarreru (Asturian Tunes)” from Clear Skies (2016) on Réalta Records

Set break

Promo

Gillian Frame “Rothes Colliery (feat. Mike Vass, Euan Burton & Anna Massie)” from pendulum (2017) on Cheerygroove

Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton “Fourth” from Symbiosis (2017) on Great White Records

Old Blind Dogs “Sawney Bean” from Room with a View (2017) on OBD Music

The Fire “Calum McKinnon” from Ignite (2017) on Independent

Set break

Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter “An irish blessing” from A Winter Gift (2014) on White Strand Records

The Tannahill Weavers “Auld lang syne” from Best of the Tannahill Weavers (2006) on Green Linnet

A great opportunity on this Christmas Eve to find and play these special recordings, largely traditional from the Christmas season. Happy Yule!

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9:00

James Galway-Rock you to Rest-Celtic Xmas II-Windham Hill
Heidi Talbot and Joanie Madden-The Castle of Dromore-Cherish the Ladies-Rounder
Druidstone-Christmas Caper-Comfort and Joy-Rounder

9:15

Robbie O’Connell-Three Kings-Comfort and Joy-Rounder
Aine Minoguue-The Dove’s Return-Celtic Xmas II-Windham Hill
Fiona Mackenzie-Leanabh an Aigh-Duan Nollaig-Green Trax
Cherish the Ladies-O Little Town of Bethlemham-On Christmas NIght-Rounder

9:30

Altan-Soillse na Nollaig-Celtic Christmas-Windham Hill
Lisa Lynne-Circle of Joy-Celtic Xmas III-Windham Hill
Seamus Begley-Coinnie An Linoh losa=Celtic Christmas III-Windham Hill
Eileen Ivers-Apples in Winter-

9:45

Fiona Mackenzie-Bha Buachaillean an-Duhaich -Duan Nollaig-Green Traz
Maddy Prior-The Carnival Band-Comfort and Joy-Rounder
Tommy Sands-A Christmas Childhood-To Shorten the WinterGreen Linnet
Chiefton’s-O’Mahoney’s Frolics-A Chieftan’s Celebration-BMG

10:00

Waterson’s-Nowell Sing we Clear-Celtic Soujourn
Kevin Burke and Michael O Domhnaill-On a Cold Wintry’s Day-A Celtic Christmas Celebration
The Poor Clares-Remember the Poor-Songs for Midwinter-Centaur
Milladoiro-Maneo Da Ulla/Foliada De Padrenda-Thistle and Shamrock

10:15

Nowell Sing we Clear-Babe of Bethlemhem-Comfort and Joy
Cherish the Ladies-On Christmas Night-On Christmas Night-Rounder
Mairead ni Dhomhnaill and Voice Squad-Traveler’s Prayer-Traveler’s Prayer-Shanachie
Lisa Lyne-Morning Star-A Celtic Christmas Celebration

10:30

The Watersons-The Ditching Carol-Christmas Sojourn
Mairead and Triona ni Dhomhnaill -Airdi Cuan-Christmas Celebration
Cormac Breatnach-Nollaig na Mban-Celtic Christmas-Windham Hill
Aine Minoque-I am Asleep-Lullibies of the Celtic Lands

Playlist 12-14-2017

Aidan Brennan, Johnny Cunningham & Susan McKeown “As Warm As Winter Snow” from A Winter Talisman (2001) on Sheila-na-Gig Music

Set break

Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter “Interlude/St. Basil’s Hymn” from A Winter Gift (2014) on White Strand Records

Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter “Winter” from A Winter Gift (2014) on White Strand Records

Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter “To Drive the Winter Cold Away” from A Winter Gift (2014) on White Strand Records

Aidan Brennan, Johnny Cunningham & Susan McKeown “Preab San Ól (In Praise of Drink)” from A Winter Talisman (2001) on Sheila-na-Gig Music

Men of Worth “Fair Haired Child / the Orphan / the Dunmore Lasses” from A Winter’s Carol on Mahog Music

Molly’s Revenge & Christa Burch “O Come O Come Emmanuel” from Wintersong (2013) on Molri Music

Set break

Mick Moloney “Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake” from Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake on Unknown

The Kipper Family “Arrest These Merry Gentlemen” from Arrest These Merry Gentlemen on Unknown

The Clancy Brothers “jingle bells” from Christmas on Unknown

Coig “Carol of the Celts” from Carols (2015) on Independent

Set break

Aidan Brennan, Johnny Cunningham & Susan McKeown “My Singing Bird” from A Winter Talisman (2001) on Sheila-na-Gig Music

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

Christa Burch “The Hawk and the Crow” from Love of the Land (2009) on Christa Burch

Altan “The Curlew / McDermott’s / Three Scones of Boxty” from Horse With a Heart (2006) on Green Linnet

Set break

Station ID

PSA

Old Blind Dogs “The Twa Corbies” from Close to the Bone (1993) on KRL

Jenny Sturgeon “raven” from From the Skein (2016) on Tamarach Records

Salt House “She’s Like the Swallow” from Lay Your Dark Low (2013) on Make Believe Records

Breabach “The Desperate Battle” from The Desperate Battle of the Birds (2010) on Breabach Records

Set break

Poor Man’s Gambit “Hornpipes: The Wonder Hornpipe / The Golden Eagle” from Kind Providence on Poor Man’s Gambit

Mary Ann Kennedy “Seinn, Horo, Seinn” from An Dan (2017) on ARC Music

The Fire “Calum McKinnon” from Ignite (2017) on Independent

Set break

Gudrun Walther & Jürgen Treyz “Maid on the Shore” from duo (2017) on Walther & Treyz Records

Réalta “The Star Above the Garter / Eibhlín Ní Riordáin’s (Slides)” from Clear Skies (2016) on Réalta Records

Old Blind Dogs “Sawney Bean” from Room with a View (2017) on OBD Music

Set break

Jethro Tull “Ring Our Solstice Bells” from The Jethro Tull Christmas Album on The Ian Anderson Group of Companies