“Loreena McKennitt Welcomes Strengthened Protection of Intellectual Property”

Clockwise from the top: WB Yeats, Gavin Moore, Cherish the Ladies, Flook and Minton Sparks

I am currently reading Irish Fairy and Folk Tales edited and selected by William Butler Yeats. It is a nice old book and a great literary source of all things Irish. There are so many talents out there. We have only tapped a small scale. But we will continue to do so. I will make sure to get them for you-only the best that our musical culture can provide!

The memory of WB Yeats continues to resurface these days in the music scene. One band, The Waterboys is responsible for it (Please refer to yesterday’s post). According to his bio: Born into the Anglo-Irish landowning class, Yeats became involved with the Celtic Revival, a movement against the cultural influences of English rule in Ireland during the Victorian period, which sought to promote the spirit of Ireland’s native heritage. Though Yeats never learned Gaelic himself, his writing at the turn of the century drew extensively from sources in Irish mythology and folklore. There is a page in MySpace dedicated to this unforgettable Irish poet   www.myspace.com/wyeats . ……………..Gavin Moore created an album of breezy atmosphere, moving melodies and delightful lyrics in his latest independent release Tonnta. According to his website: His new record ‘Tonnta’, forged in the magical countryside of West Cork, is a beautiful atmospheric combination of folk rock & traditional Irish influence, which makes assured steps into musical territory as yet uncharted, surfing the crest of a secret wave somewhere between Jack Johnson and Iarla Ó Lionáird… Dates for the album launching of Tonnta will start in  September this year. More info at  www.myspace.com/mooregavin and www.gavinmoore.com.………………..After 25 years in the recording industry, Cherish the Ladies still continue to be in the forefront of Irish traditional music. With Albums receiving rave reviews (including “A Star In The East (Christmas Album)”, The all women band are composed of JOANIE MADDEN: Whistles, Flutes, harmony vocals MARY COOGAN: Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo MIRELLA MURRAY: Accordion ROISIN DILLON: Fiddle KATHLEEN BOYLE: Piano, harmony vocals MICHELLE BURKE: Lead Vocals. Quotes Billy Altman of The New York Daily News “Cherish the Ladies is one of the foremost Irish traditional music groups in the world.” You will catch them while they’re on tour for the rest of July in the following venues:
Springfield, OH – Springfield Arts Summer Concert Series

07/11 – 16/10
East Durham, NY – Catskills Irish Week

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Irish Festival

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Irish Festival

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Irish Festival

07/26 – 30/10
Elkins, WV – Augusta Irish Week

www.cherishtheladies.com and   www.myspace.com/cherishtheladies …………………English band Flook are now in facebook. After 13 years of making music together, the band decided to take a rest but will keep fans updated for future projects. You can listen to Flook via   www.myspace.com/2flutes and buy their three albums Haven, Rubai and Flatfish by visiting http://www.flook.co.uk/ and yes add them in facebook…………Now for some country music with an Irish tint, singer/songwriter  Minton Sparks from Nashville, Tennessee continues to dazzle audiences with her musical storytelling in the tradition of James Joyce and Jack Kerouac. In her latest effort Open Casket(Rural Records), she is backed by guitarist John Jackson, blues pianist Steve Conn, guitar and mandolin virtuoso Pat Flynn and special guest, Irish singing sensation, Maura O’Connell. You can also get the latest Minton Sparks news via facebook. Read her blog and listen to her songs at  www.myspace.com/mintonsparks and http://www.mintonsparks.com For latest appearances here are the dates :

June 13
Nashville, Tennessee
Live Album Recording at the Station Inn!
3:00 pm
For more information, click here.

June 24
Peebles, Ohio
Hope Springs Institute’s International Peace Gathering
Time TBA
For more information, click here.

July 15 – 18
Peebles, Ohio
Hope Springs Institute’s International Women’s Poetry & Performance Retreat
Time TBA
For more information, click here.

September 13 – 19
Jonesborough, Tennessee
Teller in Residence at the National Storytelling Festival
For more information, click here.

October 1
Jonesborough, Tennessee
Midnight Cabaret at the International Storytelling Center
10:30 p.m.
For more information, click here.

October 29
Crossville, Tennessee
The Crossville Arts Council
Time TBA
For more information, click here.

November 4
Madison, KY
Time & Venue TBA…………..Don’t forget the exciting duo The Gypsy Nomads. Please check out the article and interview I did for them on June 3rd. Hear them as they make beautiful music in the following venues this month:

June 18 Linnaea’s Cafe, San Luis Obispo, CA

June 23 Headlands Coffeehouse, Fort Bragg, CA

June 25 Baxtalo Drom @ Amnesia, San Francisco, CA

June 27 Organic Brewers Fest, Portland, OR. More info at  www.thegypsynomads.com, www.myspace.com/thegypsynomads, www.facebook.com/thegypsynomads

……………Canadian singer composer Loreena McKennitt recently made a public statement about Bill C-32 (An Act to amend the Copyright Act).

I am happy that Canada has joined the many other nations who have recognized that copyright protection in the 21st century is essential to cultivating and protecting the various creative industries of  music, film, games, publishing and  architecture, to name a few.”

“The digital age is one with many opportunities, but it is a trans-border global phenomenon that requires co-operation and harmony to achieve benefits for humanity. Respect for intellectual property, individual privacy and cultural sensitivity must be paramount alongside clear harmonized regulation. In this way, predictable economic business models can work.”

Read the complete article here: http:http://www.quinlanroad.com/newsandviews/currentupdates.asp

…………… Tomorrow I will be highlighting music venues that you might want to check out after a long day. If you have news feel free to email them to me. I will credit it accordingly or link it to your site.

In the spirit of WB Yeats, here’s Loreena McKennitt singing The Two Trees (Poetry of Yeats set into Loreena’s music) from the album The Mask and the Mirror (Quinlan Road 1994).


3 thoughts on ““Loreena McKennitt Welcomes Strengthened Protection of Intellectual Property”

  1. It’s kind of crazy when you think of it…Modern technology has changed SO MUCH in the last 10 years, but the law hasn’t in at least 15. Of course, I don’t think there’s an easy answer, but there SHOULD be better protection for artists, for sure!


  2. I was pondering upon this for a long time. I didn’t know what to say. On the side of the cybercitizens, they say the copyright act is a thing of the past but I know that artists should be protected. If only there’s an easy way. For me, I am glad that artists send me their CDs and stuff to review. I also get to download their recording
    s with their permission. This blog is my way of giving back what has been offered to me.


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