The Celtic Music Fan

Staying true to the roots while having a firm grip on the present!

The Lush and Vibrant “The Promise” by Caitlin Grey is Here!

I am enjoying the new album of Caitlin Grey called The Promise. One thing I noticed upon playing this album for the first time is her beautiful and supple voice. … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Live shows for this month and beyond

because I am not posting any album reviews at this time, I’d rather post something about live music. I am hoping that you’ll be able to watch your favorite artists performing … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 2 Comments

Are you ready for a giant low-low D concertina?

   Musician Cormac Begley, redefines the Traditional Irish musical instrument with the giant concertina. This has been circulating round social media that it’s hard to ignore. Concertinas are awesome and I am … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Father Ray Kelly Has A Moving Singing Style.

The first time I heared father Ray Kelly, I thought he’s the preaching Elvis Costello. But this Irish priest is more comfortable with the like saving the flock than with … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

John Breen taps into The Source with Origins

John Breen is a traditional Irish folk artist from Arklow. Origins is his third studio album under Emphasis records.  Excitement was in the air when I heard that Irish crooner John … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

February 2015 Celtic music updates.

..And so we have amazing tunes to start the big bang of Celtic music for 2015! Welcome to my ‘conversational post’ where I talk like a normal person especially when … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thoughts and Music this Christmas

I sometimes get asked, how I am able to keep up my passion for blogging . Especially that it’s been years since I started this baby? The answer is simple. Music. When I hear something that I like , that tune inspired me to write something about it. It is like discovering a beautiful plant that you just want to take care of it because seeing it bloom give you much pleasure.

December 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Weekend Tunes and a big Happy Birthday to Kevin Crawford.

It’s been a while since I posted something here. Blame it to the many obligations I took (which sometimes I regret because they zap my strength and creativity to blog) … Continue reading

December 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Gifts and New Album

    While there are events in our lives that ebb and flow, we are like willows bending and enduring whatever life hands us. But in that space between two … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Great performance by Maria Doyle Kennedy

Maria Doyle Kennedy (born 25 September 1964) is an Irish actress, composer, singer, songwriter, musician, theatre artist, orchestrator and educator. She is best known for her roles as Queen Catherine of Aragon in The Tudors and Mrs. Siobhan Sadler in Orphan Black.

May 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

Siúil a Rún by Belfast Royal Academy

I was listening to  Siúil a Run, a fresh version by Royal Academy early in the morning. That was before doing laundry. Now it’s after laundry and I am writing about … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Two Available tracks from Wish by Poitin, via Soundcloud.

  Yes you heard it right. The new album Wish by Poitin is finished. The main reason to rejoice. Just when the thought the seas have calmed, Poitin brings out a … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Debut Album of CrossHarbour Coming Soon!

  CrossHarbour takes the vibrant spirit of Traditional Irish music to new listeners. CrossHarbour, is the name of the band after a London tube station. But it could also imply “crossing into another country’ through … Continue reading

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

St Patrick’s Day Essay and Podcast#28

There comes a time when existential blues happen to any blog. I think it is the discontented feeling of doing the same thing again and again that gives rise to this … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Anticipation Building for The Buachaills

Aaron Dolan – Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Vocals.  Chris Carey – Drums , Percussion , Vocals.  Eoin Murphy -Bouzouki, Mandolin , Guitar , Vocals.  James Fleming – Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Watch Out for the Forthcoming Album by Guitar, Bouzouki Player Michael McCague

Michael McCague:Musician, Composer, Recording Artist and Mathematics Major. Music follows Mathematical laws. And Traditional Irish musicians like Michael McCague can attest to this. After all, he is a Mathematics major. When … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

Matthew Bell and Celtic Percussion Plus Podcast #21

There is a thread running through this post that started when I wrote about the bodhran. To be honest, the instrument has taken a huge degree of interest on my … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Max T Barnes Interview: The Tour of Ireland and More

I have featured interviews about Irish artists touring the United States. This time it is the other way around. This interview focuses on Max T Barnes who is a million-selling … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Traditional Music: The Music of the People

A set of reels recorded for the fleadh program in Cavan 2012. Thanks to Brian Cunningham for sharing this video. We can’t deny that traditional music is the music of … Continue reading

January 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Baxteria Podcast#15

Hi readers and listeners. Podcast 15 is up and once again, I was able to keep the show going. I hope you all have great weekend wherever you are. I … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

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