June 11 Celtic Music News

Good day Celtic fellas. I have loads of news again. These days I’m in the mood to just write news without the usual commentary or features. They can wait. What is important is to update you with what’s new and what’s hot in Celtic music. It is my responsibility to inform you because I know this is what you want to hear. Let’s get the ball rolling:

Canadian quintet The Paperboys has a new album out this July. Callithump will fulfill the promise to deliver great music! We are expecting a blend of folk rock, irresistible fiddle playing, zapping instrumentals and the young Tom Waits kind of vocals. If you enjoy The Great Big Sea then you will love The Paperboys   www.myspace.com/thepaperboys www.paperboys.com…………………  The Brennan Sisters (No this is not Clannad or Enya known as the Brennan family) from Connemara has been sweeping audience across the Atlantic with their beautiful renditions of traditional materials. According to a review “The girls four part natural harmonies add diversity to every show that they perform and their vocal ability continues to surprise audiences everywhere’ “The girls have developed their very own unique style of performance, incorporating beautiful and intricate harmonies with a very distinctive but unmistakable Irish resonance” . The girls performed the well known song “Hand me down my bible” on Sharon Shannons new dvd/cd live from Dolans! Earlier this year the girls performed on The voice Within cd/dvd. Filmed at the INEC, Killarney in front of a live audience, it is the most expensive production ever filmed in Ireland for broadcast on American television   www.myspace.com/thebrennansisters ………………………The former band of Dougie MacLean the  Tannahill Weavers are compose of Roy Gullane – Lead Vocals, Guitar Phil Smillie – Vocals, Flute, Bodhran Leslie Wilson – Vocals, Bouzouki John Martin – Fiddles, Vocals Colin Melville – Bagpipes, Vocals. They have been creating distinctive and amazing music in the heart of Scotland. More updates from  www.myspace.com/tannahillweavers and www.tannahillweavers.com …………………..Who is Sean Og Graham? Well, he makes up one of the five people of the amazing Irish act Beoga. Sean is from

Portglenone, Northern Ireland and he plays the Accordion and Guitar. Check out www.myspace.com/seanoggraham and www.beogamusic.com ……………………..Former amateur boxer turned singer/songwriter Damien Dempsey, and who has brought us the moving ‘Colony” has his first acting debut in an Irish film called “Between the Canals: North Inner City”, directed by Mark O’Connor. The film has been accepted into the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival . There is also a charity single made with Shane MacGowan and friends. Since is debut in 1995, Dempsey has been hailed as he Bb Marley of Ireland with fervent response of audiences and devotion to his music. According to Billboard Magazine: “To Hell or Barbados is folk and roots rock with substance, with the sound of Ireland mixed in for good measure. A most intriguing cocktail.”Billboard. Check out his upcoming shows

Upcoming Shows ( view all )
Jul 2 2010 3:30P
Paddocks Wood, Kent Kent, UNITED KINGDOM Find Tickets
Jul 3 2010 8:00P
Reebok Festival Bolton, UK
Jul 30 2010 8:00P
Belfast Festival Belfast, UK
Jul 31 2010 8:00P
Helium Festival Longford, Longford, IRELAND
Sep 18 2010 2:30P
Navan Live Navan, Navan
…………………..Naked with Friends is Maura O’Connell’s Grammy nominated album. Expect exquisite vocal materials that has been arranged to highlight her beautiful contralto. In this album, she invited singers Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Kate Rusby, Paul Brady, Mary Black, Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), Sarah Dugas (The Duhks), Mairéad Ní Mhaorigh, Moya Brennan, Liam Bradley, Declan O’Rourke, and O’Connell’s sister, Áine Derrane. Blurbs from the official website: engineer and co-producer Gary Paczosa with riveting clarity and focus, Naked With Friends is a disarmingly intimate experience. In the absence of instrumentation, the usual trappings and signposts that often define a song’s style and mood dissolve. It is O’Connell’s burnished alto — a full yet vulnerable and aching sound — that is charged with conveying everything the song has to say. “My intention,” she explains, “was just to sing the song clearly. I just wanted to be there to serve the song, rather than to show off a particular vocal style.” Originally from Ireland, Maura now makes her home in Nashville Tennessee http://www.mauraoconnell.com and  www.myspace.com/mauraoconnell
…………………………Since the release of ‘The Well-Tempered Bow’ in May 2002, The Kane Sisters have been making waves all over Ireland and Europe. Originally from Dawros on the outskirts of Letterfrack, a village in Connemara along the West coast of Ireland, the got their musical talents from both sides of the family. Most of their musical contributions can be heard in recordings of Maighread and Tríona ní Dhomnaill (Idir Dhá Solas) , Steve Earl’s Transcendental Blues and The Girls won’t leave the Boys Alone by Cherish the Ladies  www.myspace.com/thekanesisters and www.thekanesisters.com ………… Galwayman Declan O’Rourke hits the German towns this July for the  presentation of his new album to be released soon. Declan capitalizes on his velvet-tinged baritone and killer falsetto to deliver his interesting songs. In the Big Bad Beautiful World (2007), according to his official site : It consists of 12 songs, recorded and performed live at Grouse Lodge studios in West Meath with Declan and his band. Driven, as expected, by Declan’s acoustic guitar, along with the piano this time, and decorated with some beautiful Brian Byrne and Declan O’Rourke string arrangements performed by the RTE National Concert Orchestra, this record is musically very rich and has much depth of field for the discerning listener as well as the casual. ‘Big Bad Beautiful World’ was released in Ireland alone in September ’07 and hit the ground running with a top 5 position in the charts. It has been growing in popularity since with the help of two singles, the catchy title track ‘Big Bad Beautiful World’ and the touching ‘Whatever Else Happens,’ both of which continue to receive regular airplay on Irish radio. The record is well on the way to achieving platinum status, a feat that its predecessor ‘Kyabram’ took a year and a half to reach.  www.myspace.com/declanorourke and http://www.declanorourke.com/ ……………………….An appointment with Mr Yeats is a new Waterboys show in which the poetry of WB Yeats is transformed into a song. It already garnered rave reviews since its debut this March. The Grand Canal Theater in Dublin will the venue for November 7 show. Click here for the tickets. For the complete Waterboys discography, please refer to this link http://www.mikescottwaterboys.com/releasesnew.php ……………… According to Wall Street Journal : “…the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century”. Although the band Beoga is rooted in Irish traditional music, flavors of New Orleans Cajun music and other world influences can be heard in their sessions. Inventive and always crowd pleaser, Beoga is one of the bands not to be missed this year. Beoga are: Liam Bradley Seán Óg Graham Damian McKee Eamon Murray and Niamh Dunne .

Clockwise from the top: Tannahill Weavers , Sean Og Graham, Damien Dempsey and Beoga


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