The old and the new: Usher’s Island.
May15

The old and the new: Usher’s Island.

Usher’s Island brings together two generations of the finest and most influential Irish traditional musicians, stretching back to the acclaimed 1970’s era of Planxty, through Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny, and the Bothy Band, through fiddler Paddy Glackin. They follow the last incarnation of Planxty, which ended in 2005, and later LAPD – Liam (O’Flynn), Andy, Paddy and Dónal. This next chapter, which began with shows in January 2015,...

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Saoirse Ronan and Ed Sheeran launch Galway Girl Video
May04

Saoirse Ronan and Ed Sheeran launch Galway Girl Video

Saoirse Ronan just featured in Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl vid. Galway look amazing: She played the fiddle in an Irish band But she fell in love with an English man Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand Said baby I just want to dance I met her on Grafton street right outside of the bar She shared a cigarette with me while her brother played the guitar She asked me what does it mean the Gaelic ink on your arm? Said...

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liveIreland Holland meet up.
Apr13

liveIreland Holland meet up.

Here is LiveIreland at work! These three regular listeners (L-R) Dick, Marco, and Jeff got together and became friends in the chat room for the weekly Bill & Imelda Show. It airs every Sunday at 18:00 GMT and features the friendliest chatroom on the Internet. You’re encouraged and welcome to join in, as well.  Jeff lives in Saskatoon, Canada, while Dick and Marco live in Holland. Jeff and his wife, Sandy were visiting...

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Former liveIreland Presenter Daoiri Farrell Wins BBC Folk Awards.
Apr07

Former liveIreland Presenter Daoiri Farrell Wins BBC Folk Awards.

Daoiri Farrell , a graduate of BCFE in Irish Traditional Music Performance and liveIreland presenter  won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Daoiri had been nominated in 3 Categories and on the night won, Best Traditional Track  for the track  Van Diemen’s Land from his new album  ‘True Born Irishman’  (featuring our own Pat Daly and Tony Byrne) and  also the Horizon Award for best new artist. Daoiri and his band...

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McGuire Family To Feature At Irish Fest Milwaukee.
Apr06

McGuire Family To Feature At Irish Fest Milwaukee.

We know we just did a brief article on the McGuire Family, and here is another. They are hot, hot, hot! Just signed to do the Milwaukee Irish Fest this summer, climaxing a pretty extensive national tour. When you combine families of cute kids and their Dad with well played trad, these types of popularity explosions are possible. This is the first site to have this brand, brand new video for you. Check out their website for concert and...

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Lunasa, 24 Years On The Road
Mar28

Lunasa, 24 Years On The Road

One of Irish music’s most popular groups, Lunasa, continues to tear it up in their concert appearances as they enter their twenty-fourth year on the road. Our Bill & Imelda were at a recent concert at Chicago’s famous Old Town School of Folk Music. Actually, there were two concerts Saturday night, and both were filled. Imelda reports, “We go see them every time they’re in town. They continue to be incredible musically, as well as...

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Ed Sheeran Sings Galway Girl
Mar13

Ed Sheeran Sings Galway Girl

She played the fiddle in an Irish band But she fell in love with an English man Kissed her on the neck and then I took her by the hand Said baby I just want to dance I met her on Grafton street right outside of the bar She shared a cigarette with me while her brother played the guitar She asked me what does it mean the Gaelic ink on your arm? Said it was one of my friend’s songs do you want to drink on? She took Jamie as a chaser,...

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The Maguires take the country by storm
Mar12

The Maguires take the country by storm

Now, out of Co. Wicklow comes the Maguire Family. The family is another of those great Irish traditional music acts that seem to constantly spring up and keep the music vibrant–alive. Their new album is Little Giants and Other Oxymorons. We’ll be playing it a lot here on LiveIreland, and here is why. They are good. By that, we don’t mean “good” in the sense of cute or fun in a family way. We mean good....

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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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Trad session breaks out on Ryanair Plane
Dec31

Trad session breaks out on Ryanair Plane

Newstalk Host Daniel Kelly got a surprise session on the way from Copenhagen last week. Should be part of the Ryanair in house entertainment. Just landed in @DublinAirport. There was an impromptu trad session on the flight from Copenhagen. Is this a new feature @Ryanair ? pic.twitter.com/23KZP1fB17 — Daniel Kelly (@IsMiseDaniel) December 11,...

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