Sunday, December 30, 2007

Boston Celtic Music festival

The Boston Celtic Music Festival is coming up this year on January 11th and 12th. It's a fine celebration of traditional and innovative work of musicians from the varied Celtic genres. In this clip from BCM Fest 2007, there's Kieran Jordan's innovative Irish dancing (subject of some discussion among you tube commenters) to tunes played by Natalie Haas on cello, Emma Beaton on cello, and Hanneke Cassel on fiddle.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

pipes of Christmas

it's promotional video for a pipe band concert. that said, a nice seasonal idea, sound is very well done, bits of several familiar holiday songs on the highland pipes

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas Celtic Sojourn: Silent Night & reels

Christmas Celtic Sojourn has become a holiday tradition in Boston. Brian O'Donovan, host of the long running Celtic Soujourn radio show, invites an ever changing cast of Celtic singers, players and dancers to share the holiday celebration with music each year. In 2006, they made a dvd from the show as well as an audio recording.

This is a clip from that taping, with the harmonies of Navan on Silent Night to begin, and then the night turns anything but silent as a stellar group of players including members of the Mulcahy family, along with Paddy League and Shannon Heaton, play for dancers led by Kieran Jordan.

This year's series of live concerts begins December 13th and features Alasdair Fraser, Solas, and Aoife O'Donovan.
Fine music live Celtic music coming to Boston January 11th and 12th at The Boston Celtic Music Festival,, as well.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Pam Tillis: Beautiful Night

Pam Tillis has always been a maverick as well as a traditionalist in country music. She carries that through on her new Christmas album, with classics like Pretty Paper and with lesser known songs such as this one, Beautiful Night, written by Nashville tunesmith Julie Lee. Tillis' album is called Just in Time for Christmas.