Traditional Irish Music
There you go Dan, i knew others would bring up albums i'd go "Jeez.. of course, why didn't i think of that"
: ) Oh well, as i said the albums i posted were the ones that came out on top of my head.. De danann's album/s are brilliant too!
Kitty Lie Over - Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
One of my all time favorites. The music is lively but played at a pace that really shows off the beauty of the tunes (and in a mellow Bb setting).
Comb Your Hair and Curl It - Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh agus Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh
I've spent a lot of time with this one lately- just lovely, lively music.
Planxty's first three were fantastic. After the Break and the one that followed were pretty good but Words and Music never held my attention. Shame how many albums in the 80's were ruined by the synth technology fad. Still, I've yet to hear a band that does both songs and tunes so well and so consistently. Quite a lineup of talent there and I just love O'Flynn's piping style backed by the Irvine/Lunny powerhouse rhythm.
Bothy Band recorded well throughout the band's existence. Not a bad recording to be found by them, in my opinion.
Paddy Keenan is an amazing talent and I can't for the life of me figure out why he pumps his recordings so full of reverb and drum machines... just kills it for me. His first album (banjo playing aside) is fantastic and really shows off his prowess. I've had him out twice now for house concerts and workshops and he never ceases to amaze.
Now that is good news Johnny ... thanks for the warning .... very exciting indeed!
Not that I'm really qualified to comment, but my favourite group in the whole wide world would be Slide. For a taste of their music, their album 'Beo Live' is really good.
"This is amazing music. I have rarely heard such effervescence, vigour and life, and sheer joy, come from players." - Ellen Cranitch, Lyric FM
"This band is taking Irish music to a new place. Their music will touch people far beyond the realm of traditional music." - Dónal Lunny
Another album I thought was fantastic was Seán Smyth's debut, 'The Blue Fiddle'. I can't give quotes for this one, but I'd listen to every track on it again and again, and he did go on to found Lúnasa.