This week’s mix is very special as it shines a spotlight (although not exclusively) on a number of Dublin-based singers and bands, some of whom we have featured on Folk Radio UK whilst others are completely new.
They include Lorcán Mac Mathúna (with Martin Tourish, Seán Mac Erlaine, Eoghan Neff and Flaithrí Neff), Preab Meadar, Liam ó Maonlaí, Daoiri Farrell, Skipper’s Alley, Slow Moving Clouds, Ye Vagabonds and Landless. I have Radie Peat of Lynched to thank for introducing the final two in that list who are completely new to me. It goes without saying that Lynched are included as they pretty much inspired this mix after a stunning set last night at Sidmouth FolkWeek – I’m still floating from it.
Also included are the innovative Ensemble Ériu who hail from County Clare and Teyr who are London-based but heavily influenced by Irish, Scottish, English and Cornish musicians who’ve come before. The track featured is from their forthcoming new album ‘Far from the Tree’ due for release on 28 September.
Scattered in there are some classics from Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, Silly Wizard, Christy Moore‘s Prosperous album, the first Boys of the Lough album (Self-titled – featuring Cathal McConnell, Robin Morton, Aly Bain and Dick Gaughan) and another fine track from Mick Hanly & Mícheál O Dhomhnaill‘s Celtic Folkweave. These last few are all recordings I’ve made from vinyl so you get the vintage crackle in there on some.
The voices of Seamus Ennis and Tony McMahon also appear…
Ye Vagabonds – Border Widow’s Lament (bandcamp)
The Bonny Men – Caoineadh Na Dtrí Mhuire
Lynched – The Old Man from Over the Sea (bandcamp)
Mick Hanly & Mícheál O Dhomhnaill – An Bothán A Bhaigh Fionnghuala [Puirt-a-beul]
Liam ó Maonlaí – Avanyu Intro
Skipper’s Alley – Jim Coleman’s Ruaidhri And John’s (bandcamp)
Seamus Ennis – First You Must Learn The Grip
The Bonny Men – Hardyman
Andy Irvine & Paul Brady – Plains Of Kildare
Daoiri Farrell – McShane
Preab Meadar – Sneadhbhairdne (bandcamp)
Christy Moore – Rambling Robin
Silly Wizard – Carlisle Wall
The Boys of the Lough – Farewell to Whisky
Slow Moving Clouds – Hiljainen Suru (bandcamp)
Teyr – Huntley Town
Landless – Lord Landless (bandcamp)
Ensemble Ériu – Seachrán Sí (bandcamp)
Lorcán Mac Mathúna – The Arrows Thet Murder Sleep