The best traditional Irish music albums In April / May 2012

April and May was another great month for Irish traditional music with some fine albums coming through our door. It seems that the quality of music being produced is just getting better every year. Here we present a collection of some of the best that we have to recommend. If you have an album out and want it reviewed and featured simply post us a copy.

Brendan Mullholland - Jean's Hill

Within his cover notes Antrim flute player Brendan Mulholland informs us he was ‘talking about this CD for years’ and clearly the end product is a labour of love wrought from those years of diligent research and hard work. Jean’s Hill is a compilation of 12 tracks of the finest flute playing (Grinter Eb, D, Bb), aided and abetted by Stevie Dunne (Guitar/Bouzouki), Francis McElduff (Bodhrán) and Paul O’Donnell (Piano).........Read more


Eoin Duignan - Timeless

There are times when you need to be transported to another place, a place where your imagination and spirit can take its own path and you can live in the moment. Eoin Duignan is one musician that can take you there with his musical world of low whistle and pipes. He can indeed weave a magical spell and within his music he can create the mood and atmosphere that allows you to take such a journey.....Read more


Fullset - Notes at Liberty

We highlighted Fullset as a group to watch out for in 2012 and they certainly do not disappoint on their debut album "Notes At Liberty".  They produce an exciting, lively and refreshing take on the music.  The band include Séan McCarthy (Uilleann Pipes), Michael Harrison (Fiddle), Janine Redmond (Accordion), Teresa Horgan (Flute & Vocals), Eamon Moloney (Bodhrán), and Andrew Meaney (Guitar).....Read more



Colm Phelan - Full Circle

Bodhrán player Colm Phelan also a member of Goitse, has gathered some exceptionally talented musicians around him for this his first solo album.  Solo might be a wrong description because we are treated to a number of duo and trio sets that allow his skills on bodhrán to shine.  All too often instruments can get lost on tracks as competing production requirements have to be met.  Not here, however.  .......Read more



MacDara Ó Raghallaigh - Ego Trip

Fiddler MacDara Ó Raghallaigh has created a live album of outstanding fiddle music on his debut Ego Trip.  Powerful, driving, invigorating and passionate fiddle playing that is very reminiscent of a young Brendan McGlinchey on his album Live At The West London Folk Club 1973, an album I still play some 40 years later.  Ego trip has the same raw and unedited appeal and as an album it will without doubt have the same  longevity....Read more





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