Archive: 2005 – The Legend of Sweeney’s Men Anthology Reviews

 Castle Music CMDDD932; 2 CDs; 139 minutes; 2004 Was Sweeney’s Men a groundbreaking group, as some claim, or, in hindsight, just a band whose curiosity value lies in its introduction of the bouzouki to Irish music? Well, this double album collection offers plenty of opportunity to explore the possibilities. There were actually several versions of… Read More Archive: 2005 – The Legend of Sweeney’s Men Anthology Reviews

Backcover story on “The Planxty Collection”, written by Colin Irwin – 1975

Liner notes from “The Planxty Collection” written by Colin Irwin give an excellent pen picture of the band and its impact.  In October, 1975 Planxty went on tour in Britain for the last time. At the end of their gig at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London, the audience shuffled silently homeward, exhilarated by the music but simultaneously… Read More Backcover story on “The Planxty Collection”, written by Colin Irwin – 1975

Ushers Island on BBC Radio 2 – The Folk Show

Usher’s Island in Session Listen: The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe The best folk music from Britain and beyond. This week, Irish supergroup Usher’s Island play tracks from their self-titled debut album. Usher’s Island brings together two generations of the finest traditionalmusicians: Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny (Planxty), Paddy Glackin (The Bothy Band), Michael McGoldrick… Read More Ushers Island on BBC Radio 2 – The Folk Show