Skipper’s Alley are a new band mining the tradition for the best and the most intriguing material, and minting their own tunes in the spaces i(...)

The precision tooling that propels céilí dancing is an art that not all can master, but The Kilfenora Céilí Band have excelled in its intricac(...)

Danú: Buan | Album Review
  • Music
  • March 15, 2015, 13:00

Twenty years together have yet to dull Danú’s edge. In fact, the maturity of their new collection, produced by Dónal Lunny, captures what far (...)

JigJam: Oh Boy! | Album Review
  • Music
  • March 4, 2015, 21:00

The banjo has for too long languished on the periphery, treading a path between margins too narrow to fully exploit its full potential. Recent year(...)

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(...)