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To celebrate its 10th series on Television, RTÉ are delighted to announce the release of Come West along the Road Volume 2

Irish Traditional Music Treasures from RTÉ TV Archives 1960s – 1980s – Out Now on DVD

RTÉ TV Merchandising are delighted to announce the second in the series of the Best of Come West along the Road 1960s – 1980s on DVD. This DVD gives the viewer a unique chance to own singular performances from some of the legends of Traditional Irish music as captured by RTÉ cameras around the country. There are sterling performances from big names like The Dubliners, Paul Brady, Arty McGlynn and Planxty as well as rare intimate footage of performers from throughout the gamut of Irish musical heritage.

It features songs from singers in Irish and English; jigs, reels, hornpipes and airs from solo musicians and groups; step dances, set dances and ceili dances from exhibition and social dancers with outstanding performances from across the rich spectrum of Irish Traditional Music.

This popular long-running television series has been one of RTÉ’s flagship musical entertainment programmes since 1994.The series takes its title from a well known traditional reel and is an invitation to the West, traditionally the Irish region of the past.

Researched and presented since its inception by Nicholas Carolan, Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, there have been over 200 programmes to date. The two volumes have presented and contextualised discoveries from across the varied spectrum of Irish traditional music, bringing older viewers performances often forgotten or never seen and introducing new generations to significant musicians and music of the past, and to the social and technological history inherent in the material.

Footage is drawn chiefly from the holdings of RTÉ’s TV Programme Library for the station’s first twenty-five years, from 1961 to 1989, but also from the archives of other television stations and from film and newsreel archives.

Come West Along the Road 2 - Irish Traditional Music Treasures from RTÉ TV Archives 1960s – 1980s – Out Now on DVD

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