Album Review : The Ultimate Guide To Irish Folk

The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk is a new double CD compilation album produced by ARC Music Productions Ltd. In all 34 tracks are included with meticulous notes by music journalist John O' Regan. His insightful knowledge on such matter makes for very good reading in a very detailed 32 page booklet that is also included.  He writes that " While Irish folk and traditional music never needed a revival like those in Britain and the US during the late 50's and 60's, there were times when folk music was often in danger of being forgotten or rendered obsolete as a term of social expression" He goes on to trace the history of this tradition from " The Emergency" years of World War 2, and on through the 50's and into the 60's ballad boom period. He takes it right up to present day with the impact of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance and all the new artists that continue on the tradition.

The artists included cover the scene from the 60's right up to the present day.  We don't often cover compilation albums and this is only the second one we have touched on in 3 years.  Its a quality production featuring some classics like Luke Kelly's Raglan Road, Andy Irvine and Paul Brady's Plains of Kildare and Kevin Burke & Mícheál O' Domhnaill's Lord Franklin.  In addition you have lots of modern day artists that mix in the traditional elements with Réalta, Martin Hayes, Luka Bloom, Clannad, Caladh Nua, Dervish, The Willis Clan and a whole lot more featuring.  It is highly recommended for anyone that wants to dip their toe into a mix of classic and modern traditional and folk music.  We have put together a short playlist of available tracks.

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