Bran are a band based in two places: Quimper France and Prague Czech Republic. The music is predeominantly Breton with various sources of influence like Bohemian folk as well as sources from Scottish and Irish music. The best thing about this band is their fresh approach to music . I have to tell you they have a sax member who adds a jazzy touch to all the traditional as well as original compositions. You can listen to free streaming of their latest live album through their official website and myspace page.
Want to get to know the band? Check out their myspace link as well as their official website:
Bran- An hini a garan (The Coast of Bohemia 2005)
Celtic Music in TV Series
I have been hooked to this Canadian TV series Lost Girl because not only that it deals about Celtic myths but the music is also interesting. After research I found out that a lot of the ‘modern’ sounding Celtic tracks I heard from that show is by this band called Delhi 2 Dublin which I already featured here last year in passing.It was my friend Tim who told me about the show and I picked up from there.
I am sure some of you have seen this series which deals with supernatural/crime/mystery. It stars Anna Silk as Bo, a succubus who grew up in an adoptive human family, unaware of her non-human nature and of the Fae world. Her succubus powers only become apparent to her when she accidentally kills her first love by draining him of his life energy, an act which forces her to flee her home. Bo exchanges her previously normal life for one without family or friends, moving from place to place whenever she kills again.
Her sidekick is played by Ksenia Solo, a scam artist who displays kleptomanic tendencies. She can speak Russian fluently and possesses excellent street-smarts. Anyway check the series out and the tunes. You will love it due to its predominant Irish/Scottish leanings.
This blog will never be complete without the genius of my friend Jimmy who discovers bands everyday. I don’t know how he does his searches but he sure knows how to get them.
From Lake Effect album.
(L/R): Fergal Scahill (Fiddle), Seán McCarthy (Uilleann Pipes), David Howley (Guitar)
Tune Names: Ryan’s Favourite, The Hag At The Churn, Patsy Touhey’s
Recorded November 2011, Clifden, Co. Galway
FullSet perform “Tree Reels” from their debut album Notes At Liberty. Recorded in September 2011 in Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick by Seán Egan
Band Members (L/R): Eamonn Moloney (Bodhrán), Michael Harrison (Fiddle), Janine Redmond (Button Accordion), Andrew Meaney (Guitar), Seán McCarthy (Uilleann Pipes), Teresa Horgan (Flute, Vocals – Not Featured)
Tune Names: The Oak Tree, The Laurel Tree, Moll & Tiarna
Soundtrack Moll Flanders.
Music: Mark Mancina.
The Bonnymen perform at RTE Breakthrough Music Bursary 2011 live in studio 1 of the RTE Radio Centre.
Track 5 off his new album “Summerhill”
Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher at the Colinsburgh Galloway Library, April 30th 2011.