Paddy Moloney, founder of The Chieftains, who has done more than anyone else to launch Irish music onto the world stage, talks to Lauren Byrne. ℘℘℘ In the expensive gloom of Boston’s Copley Plaza Hotel, Paddy Moloney orders a pot of Earl Grey tea and shifts out of the draft from an over efficient air-conditioner.Read more..
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Damien Rice: o If you have lost faith in the possibility for a new singer-songwriter to emerge with a graceful album of dirges and lullabies, it’s time to believe again. Dublin-born Damien Rice’s debut album, o, has been released in the U.S. by Vector Recordings (see also www. damienrice.com) after being praised ceaselessly overseas for theRead more..
A number of scholarships in honor of musician and folk singer Paddy Clancy are available to students with an interest in pursuing studies in folk song, sean nós and the traditional ballad. American students may apply the scholarship toward study at the Irish World Music Centre at the University of Limerick. Paddy Clancy and hisRead more..
Siobhan Tracey talks to Ronan Tynan about life, love and what keeps him sane. ℘℘℘ As my knowledge of opera is almost solely limited to the trivia fact that “Un bel di” from Madame Butterfly is playing as Glenn Close wreaks her havoc in Fatal Attraction, I did wonder fleetingly whether I needed to brushRead more..
Mirth-Making Heroes There are folks who think of “Celtic” music as a gently soothing, slightly ethereal style, heavy on the harps and tin whistles. They haven’t heard At the Racket, a fun-loving bunch who prefer their jigs and reels on the saxophone and tenor banjo. This “racket” is actually the sort of whoop-it-up band youRead more..
The wood-paneled wall of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall opened like the ribcage of a Leviathan. And two giant voices emerged. One was the drone of the pipes, the other was of the human tongue, the decibels of high and low that make poetry. Both were ancient, borne into the present and burrowed deep inRead more..
Tom Russell’s folk-rock album bears witness to American immigrant history. ℘℘℘ Singer and songwriter Tom Russell is a man of many worlds. Born in Southern California, he has led country music bands that played honky-tonks in such far-flung locales as Vancouver, Canada’s skid row and Oslo, Norway, traveled as a carnival entertainer in Puerto Rico,Read more..
Paul Brady Oh What A World Compass Records Let’s all ponder Paul Brady’s career for a moment. The man has written songs that have been recorded by the likes of Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, and Cher. He’s co-written with Roseanne Cash, Beth Nielsen-Chapman, and Curtis Stigers. “Luck of the Draw,” as recorded by Bonnie Raitt,Read more..
Ireland’s own three tenors discuss love, God and Celine Dion with Sarah Buscher. ℘℘℘ Ask the Irish tenors why they’re such a hit and they’ll give you different answers, each oddly in keeping with their personalities. “Tenors are known to be the romantics,” offers Anthony Kearns, who, with his piercing blue eyes, is considered theRead more..
Throughout the 1980s, U2 would close their live shows with “40, their anti-war reworking of the New Testament’s fortieth psalm. Over a loping Edge guitar figure, Bono would sing “How long/To sing this song” over and over and over, until every member of the audience joined in as one. The band would then leave theRead more..