As the year draws to a close we are looking at picking an Album of the Year.  Tough task. We have also been doing reviews of late and are watching the various charts. I thought it would be interesting to see what members are buying across the globe, your album of the year for 2012.  

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"Home away from home" feat. this years "Pure Irish drops"-band

Kevin Crawford

Damien Mullane

Colin Farrell

(Yes it's a brilliant wee album!)

"Deadly Buzz / Aoibhinn Crónán", by Mick O'Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaig. O'Brien's piping (on a flat set in Bb) is gorgeous and lush without being flashy or showy. Never get tired of listening to it.

My last three purchase were:

Bohola - For a regional group this is by far one of the best produced clean albums I have ever listened. Powerful arrangements with virtuoso performances.

Damp In The Attic - Simply sublime. No other way to put it. I would love more from these folks.

We Banjo Three - waiting with  anticipation for delivery.

An oldie for me; Tony McMahon's eponymous 1966 album, with a wonderful rendition of The Wounded Hussar. (Capt' O'Kane)

Julie Fowlis live at PertshireAmber.....gorgeous lass, gorgeous music....

I downloaded "Kitty Lie Over"  by Mick O'Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaig.  Interesting versions of the tunes.  B flat really softens and deepens the sound.  I can't stop listening to it!! 

Probably 'At Complete Ease' by John Carty and Brian Rooney. Very nice tunes and played with great relaxation, delightful. I bought it at the cd launch at my local pub in Dublin. I like to buy cds at concerts because I know what I'm buying.

I will have to buy this Mick O'Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaig cd however, seen the reviews!

Go for it Alessandro!  Some lively whistle tunes on there too.   P



Alessandro Giusti said:

Probably 'At Complete Ease' by John Carty and Brian Rooney. Very nice tunes and played with great relaxation, delightful. I bought it at the cd launch at my local pub in Dublin. I like to buy cds at concerts because I know what I'm buying.

I will have to buy this Mick O'Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaig cd however, seen the reviews!

"Oirialla" with Nuala Kennedy and Gerry O Connor is a recent acquisition that I've been spinning a lot lately.  Love the ensemble playing on the album.  There's some real great, rarely heard tunes as well.  An unusual, quite different setting of The Sweets of May is particularly intriguing.  I wonder how the dancers here in Milwaukee will respond when they hear a different treatment of the old classic!  They've posted a friendly promo video that's worth checking out:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMfFDZCj9wY

 

Zoe Conway as a fiddle player I think she Is the besy

'Down the Green Fields' by Bua. I saw Bua at the Celtic Fest in Jackson Mississippi and they were the hit of the weekend, at least in my book! Devin Shepard's fiddle pairs perfectly with Sean Gavan's flute and they have discovered some of the most melodic tunes in the repertoire to feature on this CD. Instantly memorable jigs & reels that stay with you after just a listen or two and make you want to grab your fiddle (in my case at least) and learn them yourself! And then add Brían Ó hAirt’s evocative singing, often in Irish Gaelic, and you've really got a great trad album. One of my favorite discs of 2012.

Just downloaded 'Ego Trip' by Macdara O Raghallaigh, recorded live and unaccompanied. Definitely my album of the year!!    

 

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