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Album of the Year 2015

Previous winners

2014 - The Tri-Tones

2013 - Edel Fox and Neill Byrne - The Sunny Banks

2012 - Caitlín Nic Gabhann - Caitlín

All reviews below by Tony Lawless unless noted.

Latest Reviews

Aoife Scott - Carry The Day

FullSet - Notes Between The Lines

Éamonn O’Riordan and Tony O’Connell - Rooska Hill

Dessie Kelliher, Brian O’Loughlin & Tom Delany - Well For Some

Tríona Marshall / Between Two Ways

We Banjo 3 / Live in Galway

Conor O'Sullivan / Good Day Señor

Oisín & Conal Hernon - Across the Sound

Ladlane - Crossing the Liffey

Bríd Harper

Kenny Donagher & Kerrie Herrity - Box & Banjo

Buttons & Bows - The Return of Spring

Lisa Ward - Black Swan

Teresa Horgan & Matt Griffin - Brightest Sky Blue

Dylan Foley & Dan Gurney - Irish Music from the Hudson Valley

Ian Carr & Karen Tweed - SHHH

Four Winds

The Music and Life of John McKenna

Noel O' Grady, Henry Benagh, John Carty and Marcus Hernon - The Good Mixer

Connla

Haley Richardson - Heart on a String (with Dylan Richardson)

Andy Lamy - The New Blackthorn Stick

Rose Flanagan & Laura Byrne - Forget Me Not by Mickey McAdden

Brendan McAuley - The McCartney's of Pennyburn

Anna Falkenau - Féileacán na Saoirse

Socks in the Frying Pan / Return of the Giant Sock Monsters from Outer Space

Paddy O'Brien, Nathan Gourley & Dáithí Sproule - Bright and Early

Unfolding - Young Music From East Clare

Damien Connolly - Inspired

Aoife Ní Chaoimh & Paudie O'Connor - Didn't She Dance and Dance

John Kerr - Two Old Black Sticks

Ailie Robertson - Little Lights

Nathan Gourley & Laura Feddersen - Life is all Checkered

Alan Kelly Gang -The Last Bell

Áine Heslin - The Tunes Foundry

Aodán Coyne - If We Only Knew

NoCrows - Waiting For the Tide

The River Drivers

The Mariannes - Lost with all Hands

Slide - Mendicity

Jackie Daly & Matt Cranitch - Rolling On

Áine Heslin - The Tunes Foundry Colin Nestor

Ian Carmichael - Ten Years On

Qristina & Quinn Bachand - Little Hinges

Pádraig Rynne's Notify & Pauline Scanlon

The Burren Backroom Series Vol.1

2014

Eithne Ní Uallacháin - Bilingua

Martin Tourish - Under A Red Sky Night

Porterhead

JigJam - Oh Boy!

Mary Mac Namara - Note For Note

Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha - Draíocht Na Feadóige

Tony Mac Mahon & Steve Cooney - Live in Spiddal

John O' Shea - Irish Guitar

The Trí-Tones

Bonhomme Setter - OBIA

Dan Possumato - Tunes Inside

Tony Mac Mahon & Steve Cooney - Live in Spiddal

Justin Bonar-Bridges - Truth Be Told

The Gallowglasses - A Brace of Pistols

Rónán Regan and Irene Guckian - Drumshanbows

Four Star Trio - Magnetic South

The Alt

Moxie - Planted

Kyle Carey - North Star

Tonnta Ceoil - Lucky for Some

Sinéad Healy - Shuffle the Deck

We Banjo 3 - Gather The Good

Danny Diamond - Fiddle Music

Olaf Sickmann - Whistle Man

Siobhán Kennedy - Séid

Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over It

ALDOC - From Tallaght to Halle

Crag Road

Rose Flanagan & Laura Byrne - Forget Me Not Devon Leger

The Drowsy Lads - Wide Awake

The Yanks - Haymaker

Goitse - Tall Tales & Misadventures

David Power - the eighteen Moloney

Tom Morley & Hazel Ketchum - Banna De Dha

Burning Bridget Cleary - Pressed For Time R J Lannan

Lynched - Cold Old Fire

Kevin Madden - The Sugar Loaf

CrossHarbour

Robbie MacGowran - The Irish Way

John Sherman & Randy Clepper - Finally Tuned

Michael Mc Cague - The Waylaid Man

Sásta - Pure Wreckín' Match

Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello - Grace Bay

The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk

Pádraig Rynne - Notify

The Henry Girls - Louder Than Words

The O' Carolan Family - A Language Within

The Quarter Mile - Almost There

Stolen Notes - The Loot

This Is How We Fly Devon Leger

Mórga - For The Sake of Auld Decency

Noel Battle & Roisin Broderick - Up and About in the Morning

Eamonn Coyne & Kris Drever - Storymap Devon Leger

Brian Hughes - The Beat of the Breath

North Texas School of Music - Winter Air

Triúr - Omós

Lilt - Little Falls

The Friel Sisters

Jonathan Milton - Just One More..

Gavin Whelan - Catch The Air

Peter Carberry & Pádraig McGovern - Forgotten Gems

John Blake - The Narrow Edge

Nua - BOLD

2013

Dick Hogan - The Hogan Collection

Toner Quinn & Malachy Burke - Live at the Steeple Sessions

Epic Male Band - ESKO JÄRVELÄ Alex Monaghan

Liz Carroll - On The Offbeat

Classic Traditional Albums - The Bothy Band 1975 Mark Lysaght

Emily Portman - Hatchling Devon Leger

Siobhán Smith - Timing Is Everything

Éamon McGivney, John Kelly, Peadar O' Riada - The Drôle

Leonard Barry - New Road

Maurice Lennon - The Little ones

Colleen Raney - Here This Is Home

Téada - In Spite of the Storm

David Doocey - Changing Time

Shane McAleer - Long Time No See

Cara - Horizon

Ensemble Ériu

Skipper's Alley - Self Titled

Smithsonian Folkways - Classic Celtic Music Devon Leger

Fullset - Notes After Dark

Tomas Ó Gealbháin & Caoimhín & Seán Ó Fearghail - Lá ag Ól Uisce

Shane McAleer - Long Time No See Devon Leger

Mick O'Brien, Emer Mayock, Aoife Ní Bhriain - Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts Devon Leger

Dermot Rafferty - The Green Bunch of Joy

Childsplay - As the Crow Flies  Devon Leger

Les Chauffeurs à Pieds - Les chats jaunes ne meurent jamais Devon Leger

The Paul McKenna Band - Elements Devon Leger

Battlefield Band - Enough Room For All Devon Leger

Sean Walshe - The Wicklow Way

Barrule - Barrule Devon Leger

Edel Fox & Neill Byrne - The Sunny Banks

Le Vent du Nord - Tromper le temps

Báidín Fheidhlimí - Gael Linn Singles from 1968-80

Niamh Dunne - Portraits

Joey Abarta - Swimming Against The Falls

Yvonne Bolton & Alan Jordan - Silver Threads

Mick Conneely & David Munnelly - 'Tis What It Is Devon Leger

Tunes in the Church - Various

Joy Dunlop - Faileasan Seumas Gagne

Yves Lambert Trio / Trio Devon Leger

Colm Naughton - The Space Between the Notes

Sylvain Barou, Dónal Lunny, Pádraig Rynne - Triad

The Onlies - Setting Out To Sea Devon Leger

The Family Carr  Devon Leger

Kiérah - Stonemason's Daughter Devon Leger

Séan Mac Donnchadha & Máirtín Ó Cualain - Bruach na Beirtrí

Seoda Ceoil 1 & 2

Éanna Ó Cróinín - Ceol Ársa na bPíob

Eithne Ní Uallacháin, Gerry O' Connor, Desi Wilkinson - Cosa gan Bhróga

Celtic Fiddle Festival - Live in Brittany Devon Leger

Kevin O' Donnell - Deep Is The Well

The Yanks

Garry O' Meara - Pickin' Time

Bernadette Morris - All The Ways You Wander

Enda Seery - Peace of the Countryside

Fleadh - The Clegan Bay Disaster

Baile an Salsa - Salsa Trad

Superbelle

Kyle Carey - Monongah

Niamh Ní Charra - Cuz - A Tribute to Terry "Cuz" Teahan

Kilfenora Céili Band - Chapter Eight

Dervish - The Thrush in the Storm

Moxie - Extended Play

Dannsair - Breton

Máirtín De Cógáin - From Cork With Love

Matt Dean - Trasna na Farraíge

Verena Commins & Julie Langan - Fonnchaoi

Mike Considine - Permanent Resonance

Elle Marie O' Dwyer - Where The Allow Waters Flow

Robbie MacGowran - Basically

Kathleen Conneely - The Coming of Spring Devon Leger

Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire - The Celtic Conspiracy Box Set Devon Leger

Vishten - Mosaik Devon Leger

The Willis Clan - Chapter One, Roots

Cathie Ryan - Through Wind and Rain Devon Leger

Dusty Banjos - Live at the Crane ( Tutorial CD )

Mary Dillon - North

Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs - Petit grain d'or Devon Leger

Emma Sweeney - PANGEA

Stevie Dunne - Banjo

Peadar Ó Riada, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes - Triúr Arís

Tom McElvogue & Paddy Kerr - The Long Hard Road

Maurice McGrath, Fergus O' Byrne & Others - Make The Circle Wide

Colin Nea - Between the Jigs & the Reels

2012

Calum Stewart & Lauren MacColl - Wooden flute & Fiddle  Devon Leger

Patrick D'Arcy - Wallop The Spot

NUA!

Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire - A Winters Solstice Celebration

Demaris Woods - With a Banjo on my Knee

Frankie Mulcahy - The Way of the Dreamer

Davoc Rynne - The Humours of Ennistymon

Colleen Raney & Colm MacCárthaigh / Cuan

Zoë Conway and John McIntyre - Go Mairir I Bhfad_Long Life To You

Socks In The Frying Pan

Michelle O' Brien & Laoise Kelly / The Wishing Well - Live at The Dock

Shane Hayes - Small Towns in Built-up Areas

The Olllam Devon Leger

Allow Céilí Band - Rince Go Maidin Devon Leger

John McEvoy - Traditional Irish Fiddle

The Olllam

Nuala Kennedy - Noble Stranger

Réalta - Open The Door For Three

Eileen O' Brien - Aon le h'Aon

The Outside Track - Flash Company

Eamonn Cotter - The Knotted Chord

Nights in Shanaglish

J.P. Downes - Traditional Flute Music From Quilty County Clare

Doma Beo

Patrick Clifford - Chance of A Start

Danny & Aki - Music from the Irish, American and Nordic Ttraditions

We Banjo 3 - Roots of the Banjo Tree

Damien Mullane - 13

Deep End of the Ford - An Táin

Mick Conneely & David Munnelly - 'Tis What It Is

Cara - Long Distance Love

Marie Reilly - The Anvil

Seamus Begley & Oisín Mac Diarmada - Together - Le Chéile

Phil Callery - Landscapes of the Past

Fergal Scahill, Séan McCarthy, David Howley - Freewheel

Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke

Colm Gannon - The Rights of Man

Caitlín Nic Gabhann - Caitlin

John Cronin & Daithí Kearney - Midleton Rare

Karen Ryan - The Coast Road

Ályth McCormack & Tríona Marshall - Red & Gold

The House Devils - Crossing The Sea

Moya Brennan & Cormac De Barra - Voices & Harps

Donall Donnelly - Tremolo

Dan Brouder - The Larks Air

The Bonny Men

Natalie Padilla & Blayne Chastain - Fiddle & Flute

Noreen O' Sullivan - The Quiet House

Shantalla - Turas

MacDara Ó Raghallaígh - Ego Trip

Colm Phelan - Full Circle

Fullset - Notes At Liberty

Eoin Duignan - Timeless

Brendan Mulholland - Jean's Hill

Denis Liddy & Elvie Miller - Tradaree

Jack Talty & Cormac Begley - Na Fir Bolg

Cathal Clohessy & Éamonn Costello - Bosca Ceoil and Fiddle

The Magic Square - Isn't anyone going to stop them?

Kevin Crawford - Carrying The Tune

Deluce's Patent - Deluce's Patent

The Alan Kelly Gang - Small Towns And Famous Nights

Dan Gurney - Traditional Irish Music On The Button Accordion

Lilt - Onward

Gavin Whelan - Homelands

Adrian McAuliffe & Cathal Flood - Between The Strings

Patty Furlong - Traditional Irish Music on Button Accordion

Caladh Nua - Happy Days

At First Light - Idir

Paul McGlinchey - The Boys In The Town

Siún - The Blue-Eyed Rascal

Killarney - Pull The Knife


2011

Caladh Nua - Next Stop

Anton Emery - Noone Lasses

Dónal McCague - Bits N Pieces

Enda Seery - The Winding clock

Dulahan Irl - Airs & Gracenotes

Kiérah - A Fiddle Affair

Ríl Og - Off The Wall

The Sea Stallions - From Halsingland to Howth


 

 

 

 

 

 

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