Irish Music Magazine - August 1997

Altan - Runaway Sunday

Altan's Mairéad Ní Maonaigh and Dáithí Spoule tell Ronan Nolan about cottage industry, songwriting and their new album.

The Return from Fingal

Ronan Nolan meets Peter Brown who explains how priceless recordings of Séamus Ennis have now been made available on a new CD.


Roderick O'Connor interviews the two Fermanagh brothers, the latest applicants for the Celtic rock crown, their recent recording is a return to traditional roots.

Fiddles on a Lee Shore

John Brophy gets his myths debunked on a Camden Quay

4 Star Trio

Cork's famous triangle, give Paul Dromey a geometry lesson.


Belfast's trad-rockers, Tamalin, tell Roderick O'Connor that traditional music and the Irish language are keys to their identity.

John Whelan's animated accordion

Button box player with Kips Bay and one time accomplice of Eileen Ivers, John Whelan talks future plans with Kathleen Biggins.

Killin Festival

Killin Festival - Scotland's newest festival featured Boys of the Lough

Steve Heap - Director of Britain's Biggest festival says -

"I get angry when I listen to politicians talking about this country's heritage." Paul Saunders discovers the Steve Heap Folk Philiosophy.

Aces High

Ron Kavana talks to John O'Regan, about his latest project the compilation of a multi-album CD catalogue of Irish music for Ace Records, an instant and essential archive for any fan of traditional music.

Happy Birthday to Irish Music

A simple quiz, a look at some of our previous covers and the chance to win a unique autographed Bodhrán.


Chances to win Sult and Dervish CDs, that special Bodhrán and yet another subscriber offer.

David Caren's Business Lunch

CD Reviews including:

Gay McKeon "Irish Piping Tradition"; 2 Folkfestival, Gutenbrunn; Figgy Duff "A Retrospective 1974 - 1993"; Déanta "Whisper of a Secret"; Chantan "Primary Colours"; Jimmy Gregory "West Along the Road"; Tommy Hayes "A Room in the North".