The liveIreland Music Awards 2017
Jan01

The liveIreland Music Awards 2017

The liveIreland Music Awards 2017 (2017 Livies) 2016 was a terrific year for Irish music. In general, the Livies Awards reflect a number of much younger acts this year. These artists are doing what has always been done in Irish music—changing it and keeping it at the same time. This year’s Livies winners reflect that perfectly. If ever there were a year where the old saying “Youth must be served” is evident, 2016 was the one. In any...

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The Gothard Sisters new Christmas CD, Falling Snow
Dec01

The Gothard Sisters new Christmas CD, Falling Snow

The Gothard Sisters are out of the state of Washington in America, and are JUST out with their new Christmas cd, Falling Snow. Our Bill and Imelda will be featuring the new cd on their Sunday show at 18:00 GMT, December 4th. They are young, full of energy and terrific. Catch this vid! Bill and Imelda assure us that this is a new family power in...

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liveIreland World Premiere: The Fretless
Oct13

liveIreland World Premiere: The Fretless

The Fretless will be featured in another World Premiere here on LiveIreland, this Sunday, October 16 at 18:00 GMT, as we continue to be the only place to offer world premieres like this–Irish music on a truly worldwide basis, heard here for the first time!! The Bill&Imelda Show is the place. See you there–and, you are also welcome in the chat room! Here is a snippet of a review Bill wrote for Irish Music Magazine...

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Maire Egan in Las Vegas
Oct05

Maire Egan in Las Vegas

Maire Egan is one of the elite Irish fiddlers in the world. There are lots of musicians who would claim that level of ability. Some would be right. Many would be wrong. But, at or near the very top of the mountain sits Maire Egan, and she is a musical treasure. What is really interesting is why. What about her is so rare, and why does she showcase so perfectly real Irish music in the 21st Century? She is not unique. But, she is very...

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Cassie and Maggie MacDonald’s new album is The Willow Collection
Sep22

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald’s new album is The Willow Collection

Sunday, September 25th will mark yet another world premier for LiveIreland, as Nova Scotia’s Cassie and Maggie MacDonald’s new album will be featured on the Bill & Imelda Show. The new album is The Willow Collection. Bill and Imelda will introduce the album worldwide at 18:00 GMT. You’ll hear the magic for the very first time, as it is the release point for this brilliant and brand new bit of business! Here is...

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Return to Clinch Mountain – Brendan Hendry, Jonny Toman
Aug18

Return to Clinch Mountain – Brendan Hendry, Jonny Toman

A few days ago, we showed you the terrific video on the promotion of the new album, The Living Roots, just out from Northern Ireland’s Brendan Hendry and Jonny Toman. Here is a full musical vid to show you what these two are offering in this wonderful, brand new album. This cut is called, Return to Clinch Mountain. It is an old Stanley Brothers mountain tune from America. This shows the current, red hot approach virtually all...

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Brendan Hendry, Living Roots.
Aug16

Brendan Hendry, Living Roots.

Easily the best promotional vid we have ever received at LI for a new album. Brendan Hendry was our 2012 winner for Male Musician of the Year. This new album, Living Roots, is out now with his Northern Ireland friend and musical co-star, Jonny Toman. It is brilliant, and we will be covering it later this week. We just wanted to share with you the fab promotional video for the album. We see a lot of these–NONE this well done! The...

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Our Shared Heritage
Aug10

Our Shared Heritage

We were contacted recently by Mike DePalma, the grandson of the Irish music legend, Mike Flanagan. He is a Professor at Baylor University in America, and wrote this fascinating bit on the Flanagan Brothers. If you love Irish music, read this! Want to know who groups like We Banjo 3 idolize? Read this! Want to know where our music comes from, in part? Read this! The BEST place for this sort of information is the Ward Music Archives in...

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World Premiere: Project West
Jul28

World Premiere: Project West

Another Sunday, another great world premiere on LiveIreland! This week (July 31) is the worldwide broadcast premiere for Project West’s brand new, self-titled album. An immediate contender for Album of the Year, cuts from the album will be presented on the Bill & Imelda Show at 18:00 GMT. You may have known this group as The Young Irelanders, but a name change and a fresh take on the music guarantees them a far wider...

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Joe Derrane, the greatest Irish music button box player of all time.
Jul25

Joe Derrane, the greatest Irish music button box player of all time.

Joe Derrane passed away on Friday, following a long illness. He is, by common assent, the greatest Irish music button box player of all time. The Boston native set new standards. A truly wonderful gentleman and miraculous musician. This tape is a bit older, but shows Joe at the height of his powers. (BTW, that’s Chicago’s Liz Carroll sitting on Joe’s right.)...

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