Irish Music Magazine - September 2004

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One Hundred Issues of Irish Music Magazine

Looking back, looking forward and the odd sideways glance at the last 100 issues of Irish Music Magazine. It's definitely a collector's item, writes Sean Laffey.

Festival Reports

Our late summer round-up of some of the finest autumn fruits, from the Fleadh in Clonmel to the Gig'n the Bann and back to the Cork Folk Festival, there's still plenty left to tempt you before the winter sets in.

Music & Education

In the first of a two part special report, John Brophy scales the ivory towers of traditional music education.

Mary McPartlan

After years of working on the other side of the industry, Mary has released her debut album, as Ita Kelly finds out, it's taken a long time, but no matter what project Mary has been involved with, singing has always been her first love.

North America

Maura O'Connell

"I use songs like some people use prayer, a place to put the sad feelings or happy feelings, or to explore, just to give words to my thoughts". Ita Kelly reports


A Big German Anniversary

For the past thirty years, every autumn Irish music has been on tour in Germany. John O'Regan gives us tastes of things to come this time around.

United Kingdom

The Famous Grouse

Capercaillie are all set to make an appearance in Cork, and it will be the first sighting of the band on Leeside. John O'Regan colours in two decades of their history.


The Launch Pad

Fleadh Ceol na hEireann Clonmel 2004 was recently launched at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. John Brophy reports.

Story Behind the Tune

John Brophy translates a priestly poem for us, in praise of the simple life of drink and frugality, where's your Celtic Tiger now then!

Up & Coming

Sheoda, billed as a combination of 'pure vocal sounds and musical arrangements' this new duo of Margaret Brennan and Seamus Brett are making sophisticated Celtic music, writes John O'Regan.

Live Reviews

Helene Dunbar puts the boat out at a special, we might even say, unique, piper's Tionól in Oxford, England.

CD Reviews

Another selection of CD Reviews brought to you in association with Gael-Linn