Irish Music Magazine - Dec '97 / Jan '98

Welcome to the biggest ever Irish Music magazine, over 100 pages of the best from the world of Irish traditional and folk music


John Brophy meets Len Graham, the Northern voice on the official 1798 commemoration CD. Songs help us unlock memories, recalls Len.

Christy Moore

Sarah McQuaid looks back at Christy's long career, including an impressive discography.

John Brophy goes into the Dublin mountains and meets Christy's biggest fan.

Niamh Parsons

Ronan Nolan tracks down a busy lady who has a song in both camps.

Enigma Variations

Big budgets and bigger ideas are the driving force behind the team that brought us 'Faith of Our Fathers' and 'Who Fears to Speak?' David Caren asks the questions.

Brendan Begley

Sliabh Luachra music is still at the heart of Brendan's playing, but as he tells Roderick O'Connor, there are many more influences on his current Kells CD.

Mick Moloney

Ronan Nolan, in the first of a two-part interview, discovers a wealth of stories of the Irish and their music in America.

Kate Purcell

Talks to Michael Ryan and tells him going out on her own was a decision she has not regretted.

John Spillane

Nomos lead singer has a new solo CD out, full of his own songs, based on hard experience and keen observation of life.

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Tim Dennehy

from Dublin's Goilin to Clare's famous FM Radio, Tim has travelled with a song and a story.

Nóirín Ní Riain

John O Regan meets a singer who is committed to Greogorian chant and the plight of starving children everywhere.

Eilís O Súilleabháin

Paul Dromey on the rich legacy of Muskerry song from the O Súilleabháins of Chúil Aodha.

Emma Christian

Getting traditional songs from living singers is the secret of this Manx lady's success. Alex Moffat reports.


NEWS from America, Europe, Britain.

LIVE REVIEWS -Tander - Danu, Limerick - Mary Custy and Thorn Moore, Dublin - Maddy Prior and Gerry O Connor, Kilkenny - Aontas with Mick Hanly.

MEET THE MAKERS - Larkin's Kerry Guitar workshop, Kelly's Whistles.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Piping penfriend please? Any one know the words to...? James McNally is OK!

CD REVIEWS - five pages of CD reviews.

WINTER SESSIONS LISTING - your indispensable guide to free sessions in Ireland over the winter.

Jim Lloyd

After thirty years of broadcasting on all matters folk, Jim Lloyd is retiring at the end of this season of Folk on Two in December.