Today’s Playlist Over Coffee

I spend the rest of my afternoons looking for new music either on the web or through friends. I have  a close knit circle that loves Celtic music. My taste is eclectic. That is why I run another site called There are times when I think the the music is appropriate for this blog or on that blog. There are also times when it is hard to decide so it is either this or that. The point is: music speaks a universal language.

In the end it doesn’t really matter. Labeling is a marketing strategy to help consumers decide where they should look if their interest is specific. But you always know when you need to get that record regardless of the genre. You always know that there is somethings special about the songs that grab you. Such is what I found when I listened to the tracks of Brendan O”Shea. The guy is down to earth and he is sending me his newest CD in the mail. He agreed to have an interview as well.

I also realize that apart from maintaining this site and posting songs, I need to act like a disc jokey too. So therefore I need to talk to you my readers. It isn’t so hard after years of experience in customer service hahahahaha. Time is really precious. Once we have it, we can do a lot of things. I wish we have more time to discover new music. And I hope you all stay with me through this journey.


News bits from facebook and the rest of the web.

Jamie Smith’s MABON – Spring Tour / Taith y Gwanwyn
Tuesday, 6 March 2012 at 19:00 until Saturday, 24 March 2012 at 22:30

Tuesday, 6 March 2012 at 19:00 until Saturday, 24 March 2012 at 22:30
Milton Keynes / Reading / Powys / Solva / Somerset / Winchester / Bristol / Norwich / Cumbria / Caerleon
A perfect chance to catch the fearless five-piece on fine form as they prepare to record their new album in April.
New music will feature alongside established repertoire, songs alongside instrumental music, all bound together by consummate musicianship and joyful performance.
Dates are all in MARCH as follow:
WAVENDON, Nr Milton Keynes – The Stables Theatre – Tues 6th;
READING – South Street Arts Centre – Thurs 8th;
POWYS – Llanbedr Village Hall – Fri 9th;
SOLVA Memorial Hall, Pembs – Sat 10th;
BRIDGWATER Arts Centre, Somerset – Fri 16th;
WINCHESTER – The Discovery Centre – Sat 17th;
BRISTOL – The Thunderbolt – Sun 18th;
NORWICH Arts Centre, Norfolk – Weds 21st;
COCKERMOUTH, Cumbria – The Kirkgate Centre – Fri 23rd;
CAERLEON Town Hall, Gwent – Sat 24th.

Dewch i ymuno a ni wrth inni baratoi am albwm newydd eleni – cyfle gwych i weld y band mewn cyngerdd agos, personol. Fe ddwlen ni’ch gweld chi yno!

Come and hear what tunes are in the pipeline for this year’s new recording…!


Weaving a Celtic Past – Moya Brennan, Cormac De Barra, Edel Bhreatnach


The Society welcomes Edel Bhreathnach and musicians Moya Brennan and Cormac de Barra to its headquarters for their presentation “Weaving a Celtic Past.” Through song, history, music and images of books and manuscripts protected by Irish Franciscans, Brennan, de Barra andBhreathnach weave a vivid portrait of Celtic history. Edel Bhreathnach is a historian of medieval Irish history and literature, and is deputy director of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute for the Study of Irish History and Civilisation at University College Dublin. Moya Brennan is the lead singer for Grammy award winning Irish band Clannad and Cormac de Barra is a traditional harpist. The program is a narrative lecture, interspersed with songs and music performed by Brennan and de Barra. Bhreathnach says the presentation is “the story of preserving and reviving the memory of Irish identity.”



Jimmy’s Playlist

Here are the choices from my friend Jimmy. He always brings the freshest tunes in Celtic music everyday.

Buy on itunes (studio/band version of the song):
cd-baby (studio/band version of the song):
Song 2 from The Citadels debut cd – letting go holding – to mark the 10 year anniversary and the fact that the cd is now available on itunes and cd-baby. 

For more info:

Trip to Skye by John Whelan & Eileen Ivers.
From the cd “Celtic Odyssey

Paddy and the Rats – Official video for the song “Pilgrim on the Road”. Album: Hymns for Bastards (2011) Itunes:…

Brian Fitzgerald (banjo), Oisin Mac Diarmada(fiddle), Seán Mc Elwain (bouzouki) performing at the 2002 All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Listowel


7 Replies to “Today’s Playlist Over Coffee”

  1. I’m going to resdpond a bit haphasordly, because it’s the way I viewed the music. I love John Whelan and have music by him in my collection. I am really glad to see him expand into the modern Celtic music realm. (Especially with Eileen Ivers!) Paddy and the Rats have quite a rousing piece! The flavor and the song has a real flavo rof the the Irish past and is a really interesting piece.

    Jimmy’s choices are always great to discover, and this one is great too! It fits is this blend of old and new beautifully. Love it!

    Brian, Oisin, and Sean’s song is great and sure are moving to the music here! And of course Moya Cormac are fabulous! I knew they had new things in the works, but I had no idea how beautful they’er colaboration was going to be. Totally lovely!!


  2. That final video was absolutely delightful! It’s fun seeing artists towards the beginning of their days of public performing. As far as I can tell, this was not long before I first met Oisin and Sean with Teada…

    Great stuff!


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