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New MySpace Music Page Up and Running [05 Oct 2008|03:30am]

Hi All,

I haven't posted in this community for a while, but now there's something worthwhile to mention:

Thanks to some wise prompting about the benefits of working while traveling, I may now present my new MySpace Music page! 

Check it out here.

(cross posted)

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[18 Dec 2007|06:48pm]

dr who
cary grant
stock: irises


the rest can be found HERE @ oh_darling

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Helping a musician in need [13 Nov 2007|12:22am]

Many of you, especially in the NY area, are familiar with James Riley, the phenomenal Bronx-based singer/songwriter who grew up in Ballyfermot, Dublin. He recently released his first solo album, and has played in-studio and on stage with the likes of Solas, Eileen Ivers, Cathy Ryan, Mick McCauley, Martin and Marie Reilly, Steve Holloway, Ben Power, Jane Hunt, Donie Ryan and Nigel Davey, to name a few.

Like so many before him, James grew up in a loving but underprivileged family, and came to America in 2000, in the hopes of creating a better life and helping his family.

Sadly and unexpectedly, James' mother Kay passed away early Friday morning, and on Saturday he flew back to Dublin.

We all know that making a life as a musician is not easy, even for the most talented. The airfare, funeral and other costs are posing a tremendous hardship upon both James and his family.

Among his many projects in NY, James ran the Tuesday night Singer's Seisiun at An Beal Bocht Cafe at 445 West 238th Street in the Bronx.

On Tuesday November 13 and 20, John Walsh will be running the seisiun as a benefit to help raise money to defray James' many expenses. Anyone who wants to stop by and play a tune, listen in, or make a donation is welcome. We'll start at 9 p.m.

If you can't make it and would like to make a donation, you can do so via paypal. You can also purchase his album via his website.

Please pass this along to anyone who may be able to help, and keep James and his family in your prayers.
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Found a great Irish rock band in NY...Finn's Fury [28 Oct 2007|02:49am]

Saw this band, Finn's Fury, the other night at a local pub on Long Island. They blew me away. Great stuff. Had a heavy rock sound mixed with bagpipe and fiddle. Some of their stuff kind of reminded me of DKM a bit. Anybody else heard of these guys? I found their MySpace page,
...excellent stuff on there too. They had a player on the page with all their songs from a new CD they just released, so I'm putting that up so you can all have a listen and see if you like them as much as I do.
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Bell X1 Question [08 Sep 2007|03:07pm]

I heard recently that Bell X1 released an album in Irish not too long ago and I was wondering if anyone knows anything about it as google is bringing up very little. I know that Flame is called Bladhm on it- as I heard the song on youtube and I really want to hear all of it. So if anyone knows what it is called or where I could get it, do tell! Thanks :) 
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R. I. P. , Bard of Armagh [02 Aug 2007|03:38pm]


Tommy Makem
November 4, 1932 - August 1, 2007

Irish music may never know a finer songsmith.
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Finally: An Undertones community [11 Jun 2007|04:26pm]

Since it was so sad, that nearly every band has it's own community but not the Undertones, we founded one for them. Called the_undertones of course. Feel free to join and post and generally be part of it! ;)

Hope it is okay to post this here. Couldn't find any rules against it.
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Ash secret gig in London last night [09 Jun 2007|10:50pm]

If anyone is interested, I have put photos up from Ash at the Proud Gallery in Camden, London last night on my journal here:

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Call to Politicians for Coherent National Policy for Music in Ireland [08 May 2007|02:46pm]

The Forum for Music in Ireland wants the next Government to produce a coherent National Policy for Music in Ireland.

The Forum has two current priorities:
- equality of provision of local music services; and
- for musicians to be able to make a viable living in this country.

Both of these priorities can be addressed by the implementation of the Music Network Report (www.musicnetwork.ie). Local music education schemes have been successfully piloted in Donegal and Dublin as a result of the report by Music Network in 2003. These schemes now need to be rolled out across the country, so that every child has the chance to avail of a high-quality music education in jazz, classical, traditional or popular music – regardless of location or income.

For Politicians:

What will your party do to implement the model for provision of Local Music Services outlined in the Music Network Report ?

Is your party aware that there are potential savings in other departments – health, justice, family and social affairs etc. – from investment in music education?

Does your party realise the importance of music in developing the whole child – in terms of self-expression, communication skills and general social skills?

Is your party aware of the partnership-approach and the ‘joined-up’-thinking set out in the Music Network Report?

See www.forumformusic.ie for further information.
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witnness 2000 and 2002? [10 Mar 2007|12:36pm]


Could anyone post the full line up for the festival on these dates, i cant find it anywhere online, thanks.

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[07 Mar 2007|06:24pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

hey you guys....

im american but my irish boyfriend recently got me obsessed with christy moore and i reallllllllyyyyyyyyy need his song "black is the colour"

i dont know if this allowed in this community, but ive looked everywhere for this song, there was an irish festival over the weekend i even thought i might be able to go get myself some irish music from there and maybe some christy moore but NOOOOOOOO i had 2 exams on monday + a research paper and didnt get a chance to go :(
and i was wondering if maybe someone on here maybe had it that could send it to me or upload it.

thanks a lot in advance

and sorry in advance if this isnt allowed

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MIDI's or WAV's of irish instruments [14 Dec 2006|12:19am]

Hei Folks!
I am currently working on a report about "Music of Ireland" for my english lessons. I'd like to play some sounds of irish instruments but I can't find anything on the web. Google didn't help either... So I thought maybe one of you knows where to download MIDI or WAV files? MP§ would be okay, too. I need sound samples of the following instruments:

  • Fiddle

  • Tin Whistle

  • Bodhran

  • Uilleann Pipe

  • Mandoline/Mandola

  • Irish Bouzouki

I really don't search for complete arrangements but for simple sounds of each instrument alone. Somebody got any advice?

(x-postet: schule_studium, um_die_ecke)
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christmas song [11 Dec 2006|07:46pm]

Everyone, especially the New Yorkers, needs to hear Christmas in New York by Shilelagh Law, if you haven't yet.

You can hear the song on their myspace profile here .
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Tommy Makem [09 Dec 2006|10:59am]

According to The Boston Globe, Tommy Makem is battling stage 4 lung cancer.

Let's keep him in our prayers.
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Instead of waiting. [29 Oct 2006|07:50am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I have started up a new community on livejournal for thedevlins. Hope it's okay that I'm mentioning the community here. If you are interested in this band (or in being exposed to some Irish music that may be new to you) you're welcome to join.

For more information on the band visit www.thedevlins.com or www.myspace.com/thedevlins.

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Today is the day! [08 Oct 2006|07:59am]

It is sunny and warm...a perfect day for some Irish music on the Hudson.

TODAY is the First Annual Peekskill Irish-American Music Festival, at Peekskill's Riverfront Green! Come join us and hear some great music by Jameson's Revenge, (featuring members of Shilelagh Law and the Eileen Ivers Band), Sullivan's Jack, and Black 47. There will be great good, lots of beer, vendors an air castle, and much, much more.

Heavyweight Boxer Kevin McBride- the man who ended Mike Tyson's career- will be on hand for pictures and autographs, as well as several surprise guests!

Tickets are just $25! We're expecting a large walk-in crowd, some come early and don't miss a minute of it!

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Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY! [04 Oct 2006|03:26pm]


Tickets at Http://www. . /peekskillirishfest
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Coming soon! [13 Sep 2006|08:35am]

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Opinions? [29 Aug 2006|10:10am]

Yet another article about what counts as "real" Irish music:

Getting It Right:What exactly is authentic Irish music?
By Earle Hitchner, The Irish Echo

"Get your genuine facsimile. Don't be fooled by the real thing." A rock critic who's a friend of mine laughed as he said that in reaction to a new rock album purporting to be authentic in its genre.

That made me wonder: what is authentic Irish music?

Those who admire the Clancy Brothers and the Dubliners might sneer at the notion of ascribing Irish authenticity to "Toora Loora Loora," "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," and "MacNamara's Band," staples of early 20th century Irish Americana, or to Bing Crosby, who had popular hits with those songs.

Waterford-born, Massachusetts resident Robbie O'Connell, who toured and recorded with the Clancy Brothers (his uncles), wrote "You're Not Irish" as a response to his first foray as an Irish singer in America. The song contains this chorus: "You're not Irish, you can't be Irish, you don't know 'Danny Boy' / Or 'Toora Loora Loora' or even 'Irish Eyes' / You've got a hell of a nerve to say you came from Ireland / So cut out all the nonsense and sing 'MacNamara's Band.'"

Those who admire ceili bands, Planxty, and the Bothy Band might scorn the notion of ascribing Irish authenticity to "The Unicorn Song," a huge hit for the Irish Rovers in 1968 that was composed by cartoonist and well-known children's book author Shel Silverstein.

Song provenance aside, some staunch traditionalists might turn ashen at the notion of hearing yet another rendition of "Whiskey, You're the Devil," "Leaving of Liverpool," and "Wild Colonial Boy," popular staples in the 1950s and 1960s that are often slotted loosely in the come-all-ye bailiwick of balladry.

Those who admire many of the previously mentioned songs might blanch at the notion of ascribing Irish authenticity to "The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn," "Bottle of Smoke," and "Fairytale of New York," written or co-written by Shane MacGowan and recorded by the Pogues.

Those who admire the Pogues might recoil from the rock-like acoustic rhythm of the Bothy Band a decade earlier or the anthemic rock purveyed by U2 a decade later.

Rebel songs from the Wolfe Tones and music from Irish showbands have their own devotees (patriotic, fun) and detractors (jingoistic, kitsch).

When I visited the southern New Jersey shore earlier this month, I was greeted with the tagline "authentic Irish music" in an ad for what was a mediocre rock band in a bar where only the $3 Coors Light special went down smoothly.
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[28 Aug 2006|09:46pm]

40 icons from three videos by The Corrs (So Young, Would you be Happier and Give me a Reason).
Most are simple and textless. Some have a small amount of text on them. Nothing fancy.


The rest are HERE, at my icon journal.

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