Devon Leger's Blog (30)

Inside the Songs: Iarla Ó Lionáird's Irish Journey

I just posted an "Inside the Songs" feature article with Irish trad singer Iarla Ó Lionáird on No Depression. I asked him to tell me the back story behind three songs (Daybreak, Eleanor Plunkett, and The Goat Song) on his new album Foxlight. He had some lovely responses and stories, AND you can stream the songs…

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Added by Devon Leger on May 3, 2013 at 0:27 — No Comments

Album Review - Dervish / The Thrush in the Storm

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, that venerated holiday of green beer, ugly shamrocks, and watered-down Irish culture, trad supergroup Dervish is back with one of their hottest albums yet. While their past albums have lightly been pushing on the walls of the Irish tradition bit…

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Added by Devon Leger on March 15, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire / The Celtic Conspiracy Box Set

It's remarkably ambitious in this day and age for any Celtic musician to release more than one new album in a year, let alone an entire box set, but sometimes you have to follow your inspiration, and it's clear that ace Northwest fluter and singer Hanz Araki has been tapping a…

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Added by Devon Leger on February 7, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Kathleen Conneely / The Coming of Spring

There's a strongly predominant school of Irish tin whistle playing these days, and Kathleen Conneely is not a part of it. And that's a good thing. The main way of playing the whistle these days, as perfected by the fine folks in Lunasa, is a…

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Added by Devon Leger on February 7, 2013 at 6:30 — 4 Comments

Album Review - Cathie Ryan / Through Wind and Rain

It's been a few years since Irish-American singer Cathie Ryan's last album (…

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Added by Devon Leger on February 4, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

Album Review - Vishten / Mosaik

Vishtèn is a Canadian roots music band very dear to my heart. They're one of the few groups out there today playing Acadian music, and they're absolutely the best. Acadian music is the ancestor of today's Cajun music, and is centered in the French-Canadian regions of Eastern Canadian provinces New Brunswick, Prince…

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Added by Devon Leger on February 4, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs / Petit grain d'or

Québec may be one of the most artistically inclined provinces of Canada, but it's still hard to get this music over here in the US, and by virtue of the language barrier, it can be a bit hard at times to connect with the music. Happily, young traditional musician Nicolas Pellerin et…

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Added by Devon Leger on January 6, 2013 at 23:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Calum Stewart & Lauren MacColl / Wooden flute & Fiddle

It's not too often that I get an album of all Scottish fiddle tunes, so this new album from wooden flute player Calum Stewart and fiddler Lauren MacColl is a very nice treat. Their instruments mesh beautifully, and there's something deeply satisfying about this kind of hand-made traditional music…

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Added by Devon Leger on December 19, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

Album Review: the olllam / the olllam

I'm usually incredibly averse to albums that mix Irish trad and jazz, but the olllam is one of the rare exceptions that manages to have something new to say in both genres. It's not really jazz, per se, or at least…

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Added by Devon Leger on November 13, 2012 at 21:00 — No Comments

Album Review - Allow Céilí Band / Rince Go Maidin

This new album of Irish céilí music is just delightful. I'm used to my Irish music sounding pindrop precise, with virtuosic instrumentalists turning on a dime and…

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Added by Devon Leger on November 7, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

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