Nights in Shanaglish was an album released in late 2012.  It was essentially a recording of a pub session in Whelan's in Shanaglish, Gort, Co. Galway.  The goal was to record their local session in as natural a setting as possible.  Despite what the purists might think they also included elements of country and western because that also forms a soundtrack to rural life. 

Traditional music is at the core of the project with such songs, tales and stories also permeating through the evenings entertainment.  We reviewed the album some time back and found it interesting and honest in its presentation. 

At first glance it was an unassuming record, recorded live and nothing out of the ordinary. However hidden within it there is a real community spirit and honesty that made it a bit extra special, and congratulations must once again go to the team behind it.  Their revamped website again shows how to integrate a multimedia project of vinyl, CD, DVD, audio and video.  Succeeding in the present media age is about being interesting as well as talented.  Finding hidden depths in your project is essential, especially if it lifts it above the ordinary.

The artists behind this project have again shown through their new website that presenting their project well can can do just that.  People take notice.  The participants in the project are given a section on the site with bio's and short audio samples.  These are people that are active members of their communities.  People with a story, a song or even just an ear. 

There are a number of these community type recordings that we have commented on in the past including Dusty Banjo'sWinter Air project in Texas and others.  It would be interesting to gather some more of them together to provide inspiration for others.  To show that it's not all about touring the world.  Some of the best work is a lot closer to home and just as rewarding.

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