Scatter The Light is the upcoming album by virtuoso fiddler Eileen Ivers, the Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated performer, composer, producer, and female bandleader to be released March 13, 2020, on the Musical Bridge Records label. Joining Eileen Ivers on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bodhran, and vocals is Matthew Mancuso on lead vocals, guitar and trumpet, Martin “Buddy” Connolly on accordion, organ, and vocals, Lindsey Horner on upright and electric bass, baritone saxophone and vocals, and Dave Barckow on lead vocals, guitar, and percussion plus there are numerous guest artists on this album as well. This eleven-track album features a gorgeous array of tracks inspired by everything from meditations on family, faith, gratitude, and loss to calls-of-action for living in the moment, taking chances and finding the strength to survive sexual assault as it showcasing of Irish music’s journey through North America integrating with blues, roots, and Americana great songs as Shine, Gratitude, Go Tell It On the Mountain, Hold My Hand, You Are Strong and much more. This amazing release was well performed, recorded and written. This album will be available on CD and digital formats from all music outlets worldwide. You can learn more about this artist, her music and her tour schedule by going to her official website http://www.eileenivers.com
Paint The Town Red: The Best Of is the November 16, 2010, greatest hit compilation by The Mahones, a Canadian Irish punk band, formed on St. Patrick’s Day in 1990, in Kingston, Ontario Canada. This band comprises of Finny McConnell on lead vocals, guitars, and mandolin, Dom “The Bomb” Whelan on drums and backing vocals, Katie “KaBoom” McConnell on accordion and backing vocals, Sean “Riot” Ryan on bass and vocals, and Sean Winter on banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and backing vocals. This seventeen track album which is my second review for this amazing band contains such tracks as Across The U.S.A., Rise Again, 100 Bucks, When I Comes Around, One Last Shot and much more. There is an additional twelve track CD called Live At The Horseshoe where they perform many of these tracks live with a different line up which consists of Finny McConnell on lead vocals, guitars, and mandolin, Andrew Brown on accordion and backing vocals, Owen Warniea on acoustic guitar, bass and backing vocals, Dom “The Bomb” Whelan on drums and backing vocals, and Chris Seahill on mandolin. On this album, they play live versions of Paint The Town Red, Rise Again, Shake Hands With the Devil, Is This Bar Open Til’ Tomorrow and much more. This whole compilation was well written, performed and recorded and is available from Amazon, Bandcamp, and other outlets where music is sold.
Ashley MacIsaac, one of Canada’s premier contemporary Celtic fiddlers releases this charming if a not rhythmically explosive tribute to the holiday season with the release A Cape Breton Christmas, originally released on June 6, 1993, and re-released January 8, 2007, on the Linus Entertainment Records label. She is joined by Scott MacMillan on guitar and keyboards, Aurelie Cormier on vocals, Jim Faraday on percussion, Jeff McDonald on vocals, and Alan MacKenzie on pipes. This ten-track album features the tracks Twas The Night Before Christmas/The Devil In The Kitchen, Fiddle Medley, Christmas Jugs And Reels…Midnight Clearance Sale, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and much more. I was impressed with how this album was arranged, performed and recorded. It is refreshing to hear a different style of holiday classics. This release is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, Discogs and many other outlets where music is sold.
My next review in my listening to holiday classics for this year is the album A Celtic Family Christmas by Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, a October 28, 2016 album on the Linus Entertainment Records label which features familiar Christmas classics and cherished Celtic songs that comes together as these two master fiddlers and their family welcome you to celebrate the holidays with them. This eleven-track album features such classics as Angels We Have Heard On High, What Child Is This, Twelve Days Of Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, Silent Night and much more. This duo showcases a great performance of these classics as well doing a great recording on this album which is available on CD and digital download from Amazon and many other music outlets. To learn more about this duo and their other music, go to their official website https://www.natalieanddonnell.com
Greening the Dark is the sixth and October 1, 2019 album by Debra Cowan from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts on the Muzzy House Music Records label. This six-track EP with a mixture of folk, folk-rock, country, and Celtic sound features great vocals and instrumental backup on such tracks as Hills Of Greenmore, Anna Dixie, Scarecrow and more. Her style reminds me of such artists I listened to growing up as Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and others. This EP was well written, recorded, performed and produced. It will be quite interesting to hear her earlier work to see her growth as an artist. You can find this EP on CD and digital download format from CD Baby, Bandcamp, and other music outlets. You can also learn more about this artist, her music and her tour schedule by going to her website https://debracowan.com
A Scottish Heart is my fourth review by country Scottish artist Kirk James released 2017 on the Prosperous Records label. Kirk has a rich Scottish voice and has a great backup band as shown in such tracks of epic Scottish-Themes such as The Scotsman, Dark Lochnagar, Noreen Bawn, When The Clans Come Together and much more. This album was well written, performed and recorded. Listening to this album is the next best thing to making the trip to Scotland. You can find this album and learn more about this artist at his website https://www.kirkjames.co.uk/
The Gathering Storm is my third review by country Scottish artist Kirk James released 1 May 2017 on the Prosperous Records label. Kirk has a rich Scottish voice and has a great backup band as shown in such tracks of epic Scottish-Themes as A Thousand Words, Band Of Brothers, Someone Stole The Sun, the title track The Gathering Storm, A Distant Island and much more. This album was well written, performed and recorded. Listening to this album is the next best thing to making the trip to Scotland. You can find this album at his website, on Itunes and other outlets.
Scottish Influence is my second review for singer/songwriter Alan Ross released 1 January 2003 on the Core Records label. This seven-track album of Celtic Folk songs features Alan’s rich voice and includes such works as Raise The Clans!, White Rose, Seven Men of Glenmoriston, Bell Rock Light and much more. All songs were written by Alan Ross and were well performed, recorded and produced. If you are a fan of Celtic Folk music, you will definitely wish to add this album to your music library. You can buy this album from Amazon, Itunes and everywhere else that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Alan Ross celebrates his 49th year in the music business on July 18, 2014, with the release of a sixth album called Fogs Of August, his second Celtic CD and his first in ten years. This album shows a mixture of Celtic, Country and Folk styles as shown in such tracks as Verily, Lament For J.C., Highlander Girl and much more as well as a New Years Eve favorite Auld Lang Syne. I first heard Alan’s amazing voice on Studio23Nashville hosted by my good friend Bryan Cumming and was amazed by his amazing voice and his songwriting talents. I also learned that Ross began his studio-singing career in New York in 1967, with a national TV spot for Binaca breath freshener, as well as a session singer he did commercials for such companies as Captain D’s Seafood Restaurants, Tennessee Pride Country Sausage, Burger King, Toyota, Pizza Hut and much more. This album was well performed, recorded and produced. This great album is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Simpler Time is a album by Carter Junction, a Washington state band consisting of husband and wife duo Clinton Carter on guitar and Sarah Carter on Celtic harp and bodhran. Both are gifted vocalists, individually and in harmony, with Clinton singing bass and Sarah soprano. Their music is original and traditional songs in the Celtic and cowboy genres. Listening to this album I feel the Celtic sound on this great album and impress with the songs such as Caledonia, Remember A Time, Huckleberry Mountain Home, Just a Singing Cowboy, and much more including a well done version of the Outlaws song Ghost Riders In The Sky. This album is well written, performed, and recorded. If you are a fan of classic country or the Celtic sound, I recommend you give this album a listen. This album was released in August 2017 on the Ferryboat Music Label. Folks can order it by sending a check for 417 to Ferryboat Music, Box 22, Winthrop WA 98862.