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There's a Saying in Gaelic, 'Céad Míle Fáilte'...

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.30.2016 | Travel
Katharine Rose

In many ways, it was like a scene right out of a movie. We had entered into a small local pub, tired and hungry from a long day of traveling in the cold, rainy winds of an Irish November. We had stumbled blindly through the dark, a five-minute walk from our hotel along a narrow, winding road set amidst rolling hills.

10 Things You Need to Know About Irish Sistahs

Jeanne M. Stafford | Posted 03.17.2016 | Women
Jeanne M. Stafford

This time of year I love to celebrate this sisterhood and wanted to take the time to share with you what you need to know about the Irish Sistah's you will run into this week.

Song for Ireland: Irish Music for St. Patrick's Day

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 03.14.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Solas. Used by Permission of Hearth Music. St. Patrick's Day is almost here, and I bet you're looking for some new Irish music to celebrate the seaso...

Irish-American Band Looks Back to its Future

Marty Lipp | Posted 02.17.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

The story of the Irish-American group Solas is, in some ways, the story of Irish music over the past 20 years: a straddling of tradition and innovatio...

An Irishman in Edmonds Charms Tour Alums

Rick Steves | Posted 01.27.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

At each of our tour alum parties, we give the mic to six or seven of our European guides, who take turns sharing the fun of their own culture and coun...

At the Heart of It: Colleen Raney on Music and Connection

Pam Stucky | Posted 06.11.2016 | Entertainment
Pam Stucky

Ask almost any artist, and he or she will tell you the expression of art is about far more than the art form itself. Painting goes beyond canvas and oils. Dancing is not just about choreography.

Classical Clarinet Player Eases a New Instrument Into the Irish Musical Tradition

Marty Lipp | Posted 06.04.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Though the playing was done amid pints of Guinness, Lamy was still struck by the musicianship and evocative tunes at the sessions.

Celtic Canadian Connections

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Like the folk musics of Spain and North America, the music of Wales has a long and deep connection with that of Ireland; from the bardic schools of the middle ages, which sent harpers and singers between them, to today's folk revival, the two countries have influenced each other unceasingly for centuries.

Traditude: Traditional Music With a Twist

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.13.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

A couple of weeks ago, I returned from the Folk Alliance International conference with an earful of tunes and a bagful of CDs. At the conference I noted a particular orientation to traditional folk music that I've come to think of as "traditude."

Carlos Núñez Concert Honoring Alan Lomax's Spanish Fieldwork

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 05.02.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Lomax, who lived in Europe for most of the 1950s because he had been blacklisted at home, loved Galician music, and shared Carlos's belief that Galicia was essentially Celtic, which greatly colored his fieldwork.

Everything Is Possible While Dancin' in the Kitchen

Cathy Fink | Posted 05.01.2015 | Entertainment
Cathy Fink

Many parents thought the song should be an anthem in every elementary school in the country. But others refused to let their child sing on the song, or even sing on the recording, if we were going to include this song.

Hot Albums Before Folk Alliance 2015

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Two of the Alt's members live and work in the U.S., and they recorded the album here, making them part of the long story of Irish music and song in America. Another piece of that puzzle is provided by Brian Miller and Randy Gosa on their release The Falling of the Pine.

Hozier Gets His Due

Chuck Nyren | Posted 10.11.2014 | Fifty
Chuck Nyren

Last week I put up one of my silly tongue-in-cheek HuffPost offerings: I Am the Coolest, Hippest Uncle in the Whole World. It's gone ever-so-slightly viral thanks to Hozier retweeting my tweet -- and tossing up one of his own.

Daily Meditation: Paradise

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Conversations With Brian Culbertson and Loreena McKennitt, Plus Michael Penn and The Whistles & The Bells Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 06.04.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"As everyone says, I'm deeply honored to be honored. When one goes about their life and what they do, it's not to have a whole bunch of awards and feel that that's the basis of why you do things, but on the other hand it's always gratifying to be recognized by your community for what you do."

Life Journeys: Conversations With Leon Russell, Judy Collins and John Gorka

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Hey Leon, Life Journey, your latest album, was recorded with Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, Elton John...you have an awful lot of friends rooting for you. Do you feel the love?

Philip Chevron 1957-2013: Red Roses for Him

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

Twenty years ago, Spider Stacy wrote a lyrical, lovely, sort-of-a-love-song, on which he sings lead for The Pogues, called "Tuesday Morning." When I saw the sad news on the morning of October 8 of Philip Chevron's untimely death, I thought of Spider's song.

Clannad's Nádúr and Other New Celtic Recordings

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 10.26.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

There's no bigger news in Celtic music than the first new studio album by Clannad in 15 years. The Grammy-winning family band from Donegal began the trend of backing lush Gaelic vocal harmonies with shimmering synth pads back in the 1980s.

Speaking With Ireland's Bell X1

Salvatore Bono | Posted 10.06.2013 | Entertainment
Salvatore Bono

"We spent a while working on a lot of songs and ideas before recording for real, whittling them down to the better ones, and being pretty brutal about what was good enough and not."

Three Irish Stars Form New Neo-Trad Constellation

Marty Lipp | Posted 06.20.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

This month sees the appearance of a new constellation of neo-traditional stars in the Irish music firmament: the Teetotallers -- flute player Kevin Crawford of Lunasa; guitarist John Phillips, formerly of Solas; and fiddler Martin Hayes of the duo Hayes and Cahill.

Favorite Finds From Folk Alliance 2013: The Americans

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I'm back with more reviews of material I picked up or heard about at the Folk Alliance International meeting. This time, I'm writing about Americans, so let's start with some real Americana, and one of the hottest bands in folk music, Spuyten Duyvil.

Sharon Shannon and Irish Music Icons Tour U.S. for 'St. Patrick's Month'

Marty Lipp | Posted 05.08.2013 | Arts
Marty Lipp

Her lively, fleet-fingered playing has made her an icon in Irish music, though she has not played in the U.S. in recent years. However, as part of what has become a de facto "St. Patrick's Month," she is doing an American tour in March, as are several of the top names in Irish traditional music.

Lunch (and Several Drinks) With Shane MacGowan

Christina Patterson | Posted 01.25.2013 | Books
Christina Patterson

I don't know if Shane MacGowan, the rock star who became very, very famous 30 years ago for taking traditional Irish music and giving it a wild, punk twist, is a "genius," but he has produced some bloody good work.

Musician Glen Hansard on Busking, Relationships and the Creative Process

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.12.2012 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

2012-10-12-Screenshot20121012at1.18.24PM.jpgTruly unaffected by fame and recognition, Glen remains most motivated by his pure love of musical expression and the importance of connecting with his audience.

OurLand Gives Ireland Cross Cultural Spin in Free NYC Fest

John Lee | Posted 09.24.2012 | New York
John Lee

Emanating from multiple stages around Lincoln Center this Sunday, OurLand Festival will celebrate the artistic, literary and musical heritage of Ireland, the mark it made on America and the cross-cultural ties that bind the two countries.