The concertina continues its impressive trajectory from the margins to centre stage in the hands of Pádraig Rynne, whose 2014 album Notify scuppere(...)

Three and a half decades in, and Altan might be forgiven if they were tempted to hit cruise control. Instead, they’ve taken the high road to Nashville(...)

The harp further reinstates itself at the heart of contemporary trad with this sparkling collaboration. The pair’s playful approach to the canon pays (...)

Kíla: Suas Síos | Album Review
  • Music
  • February 6, 2015, 06:00

It’s their 10th studio album, and Kíla have lost none of their verve. Suas Síos is a surprisingly medit- ative and reflective collection, despite i(...)

Take a metre from old Irish poetry, distil its alliterative syllabic playfulness and exploit its harmonic possibilities with fiddle, and what you m(...)

Live pub recordings sometimes yield a mixed bag that can run the gamut from high-octane energy to raucous and ragged come-all-ye’s. The Burren Back(...)

Dancer and dance, musician and tunes: nowhere are their symbiotic relationships more explicit than in the music of Sliabh Luachra, where dance(...)

The uilleann pipes can offer such an architectural sound: structured and angular, shot through with a fluidity that no other instrument can emulate(...)

Bully’s Acre: The Twelve Pins
  • Music
  • January 1, 2015, 16:00

Anyone whose hips swivel to the opening bars of a tune will be smitten by this inventive collection. Bully’s Acre is a new trio firmly foc(...)

The Alt: The Alt
  • Music
  • December 18, 2014, 16:00

Louth flute player and singer Nuala Kennedy has never stinted in her reach on previous recordings, and this collaboration yields another adven(...)