Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chieftains to bring Celtic, modern music to IU Auditorium

"The Chieftains will be appearing at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the IU Auditorium. Playing a mix of traditional Celtic and modern music, the band has become one of the best-known Irish bands in the world.

Originally founded in 1962 by Paddy Moloney, the band’s roots are in traditional Celtic instrumental music. In the beginning the band only played the fiddle, flute, tin whistle and bodhran, which gave the music a rustic and traditional sound.

Before becoming well-known around the world, the band’s early followers were folk audiences.

Now in its 40th year, the band includes vocals and modern music. It has gained world recognition, garnering 18 Grammy nominations and six Grammy awards.

“The Chieftains attract people who are interested in having a fun night,” said IU Auditorium Events Manager Maria Talbert."

Monday, February 14, 2011

Julie Fowlis: Live At Perthshire Amber

"Julie Fowlis has recorded three solo albums but her first live album - 'no gimmicks or extra help,' she declares - lets her wonderful, sweet voice invade your senses.
Fowlis, who grew up in North Uist, took the bold decision a few years ago to give up working in an office and try to be a full-time musician. There was no looking back.
She sings in Gaelic (her mother's family spoke it as a first language and she studied it at Skye College) but that does not prevent the non-Gaelic speaker from appreciating the beauty of her songs. For this concert, Fowlis is supported by some master musicians: Eamon Doorley (her husband) is on bouzouki and Tony Bryen is on guitars. Martin O'Neill is great on the bodhran but special mention goes to fiddler Duncan Chisholm - of Wolfstone - whose playing is both energetic and highly moving."

Monday, February 7, 2011

Traditional Irish Music in Castle Hotel (with bodhran solo)

Paddy Joe Moloney- The Battering Ram/1960? ...with Bodhran..note pitch.