Spellbinding Irish

Contemporary, traditional, fusion, experimental
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With their second album (Real World Records / Brassland - 2016), Irish American band The Gloaming seamlessly blend ancient songs and traditional tunes with contemporary sounds.

The Gloaming 2

With their second album (Real World Records / Brassland - Irish American band The Gloaming seamlessly blend ancient songs and traditional tunes with contemporary sounds.

Recorded more than 15 years ago but only released at the end of 2014 on the Gael Linn record label, “Bilingua” is an exquisite treasury of old verses and new songs performed by Irish traditional musician Eithne Ní Uallacháin (1957 - 1999), one of the true enchanting voices in Ireland.

Eithne Ní Uallacháin: Bilingua

Recorded between 1997 and "Bilingua" (Gael Linn - is a superb tribute to the singing of contemporary Irish musician Eithne Ní Uallacháin.

The Gloaming’s self-titled début album is simply magnificent. This is contemporary music that is both deeply rooted in traditional Irish music or Sean-nós singing and totally in tune with the 21st century musical zeitgeist.

The Gloaming

The Gloaming’s self-titled début album is simply magnificent. This is contemporary music that is both deeply rooted in traditional Irish music or Sean-nós singing and totally in tune with the century musical zeitgeist.

Lá Lugh was a traditional Irish music duo from County Louth in South Ulster comprised of husband and wife Gerry O’Connor (fiddle) and Eithne Ní Uallacháin (flute and voice).

Lá Lugh: Mál Bhán Ní Chuilleannáin /The destitution

Oiche fa Fheil' Bride, by La Lugh

Introduced as a “record about our love of the song, the most constant of musical forms”, "Songs" (2014) by Ergodos Musicians is a delightful project exploring the shared dynamics between music composition and improvisation, word and music settings, vocal and instrumental phrasing.

Ergodos Musicians: Songs

Introduced as a “record about our love of the song, the most constant of musical forms”, "Songs" (2014) by Ergodos Musicians is a delightful project exploring the shared dynamics between music composition and improvisation, word and music settings, vocal and instrumental phrasing.

Multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver based the “Speech Project” on several interviews of Irish musicians and singers such as Shane MacGowan, Christy Moore, Damian Dempsey, Martin Hayes and Danny Meehan.  It also features archival recordings of Galway accordion player Joe Cooley.  The various musical pitches of the musicians’ voices formed the basis for subtle musical arrangements.

Gerry Diver: Music for tape loop

Music For Tape Loop - feat Shane MacGowan by Gerry Diver's Speech Project, released 02 February 2012

Brigid Mae Power (2016) - Artwork © Brigid Mae Power

Brigid Mae Power

Brigid Mae Power (2016) - Artwork © Brigid Mae Power

Lisa Hannigan - At Swim (2016)

Lisa Hannigan: At Swim

Nubus - Tape Sketches (2015)

Nubus: Tape Sketches

Limerick-based electronic musician Paddy Mulcahy (aka Nubus") released his first solo piano EP "Tape Sketches" on June 2015 last.

Backed by a full band and a string section on some songs, "Strict Joy" (2009) is a beautiful collection of tense and soulful ballads with fantastic harmonies.

The Swell Season

The full length live version of 'What happens when the heart just stops' taken from 'The Swell Season - Strict Joy(Deluxe Edition)' I do not own this song.

“Ensemble” is a great word choice: it conveys the idea of a group of musicians playing in the field of either classical, contemporary or jazz music, while in the Irish context, composer Seán Ó Riada’s band Ceoltóirí Chualann introduced the idea of ensemble playing in traditional Irish music in the early 1960s. The music of the Ensemble Ériu project encompasses all of the above.

Ensemble Ériu: Jurna

“Ensemble” is a great word choice: it conveys the idea of a group of musicians playing in the field of either classical, contemporary or jazz music, while in the Irish context, composer Seán Ó Riada’s band Ceoltóirí Chualann introduced the idea of ensemble playing in traditional Irish music in the early 1960s. The music of the Ensemble Ériu project encompasses all of the above.

With "A Slender Song" (2014), Dublin based woodwind instrumentalist Seán Mac Erlaine continues with his experimental live improvisations for saxophones, clarinets and electronics.

Seán Mac Erlaine: A Slender Song

With "A Slender Song" (2014), Dublin based woodwind instrumentalist Seán Mac Erlaine continues with his experimental live improvisations for saxophones, clarinets and electronics.

Based in Dublin, Seán Mac Erlaine is an experimental saxophone and clarinet player composing mainly in the jazz idiom with live electronics.

Seán Mac Erlaine: Amhrán na Leabhar

Based in Dublin, Seán Mac Erlaine is an experimental saxophone and clarinet player composing mainly in the jazz idiom with live electronics.

An Tara - Faha Rain (2017) - cover artwork © Maurice Gunning

An Tara: Faha Rain

An Tara - Faha Rain (2017) - cover artwork © Maurice Gunning

Ensemble Ériu - Stargazer (2017) - Artwork © Max Franosch

Ensemble Ériu: Stargazer

Ensemble Ériu - Stargazer (2017) - Artwork © Max Franosch

Cuar - Roscanna (2017)

Cuar: Roscanna

Cuar - Roscanna (2017)

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