Daniel Neely's Blog – August 2016 Archive (3)

‘Box Sets’ has beautiful music

In the liner notes to his new album “Box Sets,” button accordionist John Redmond relates a story about going home to County Wexford to decompress after breaking his collarbone. Inspired by his rambles away, he resolved to “write an album that would reflect my love for the area and my family who all still live there.” “Box Sets” is the fruit of that time. On it,…

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Added by Daniel Neely on August 22, 2016 at 4:00 — No Comments

NYCB learned from the best

The Ennis-bound New York Céilí Band is inspired by the 1960 original.  Photo by Marianne Mangan.

In 1960, the New York Céilí Band, a legendary bunch that counted Paddy Reynolds, Andy McGann & Larry Redican (fiddles), Paddy O’Brien (accordion), Mike Dorney & Jack Coen (flutes), Gerry Wallace (piccolo), Felix Dolan (piano) and Chris…

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Added by Daniel Neely on August 6, 2016 at 4:00 — No Comments

Straight-up trad at its best

“Music From the Lost Continent” is the new album from Jesse Smith (fiddle), Sean Gavin (flute), John Blake (piano), and Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh (bodhrán), and it is a bona fide cracker. Featuring a group of young players who are considered musicians’ musicians, the album hits on every cylinder. The individual performances are spectacular, the players articulate with a…

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Added by Daniel Neely on August 1, 2016 at 0:30 — No Comments

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