Gwyneth Glyn is a singer and performer hailing from Wales. Her music borrows from the ancestral local folk tradition, going for a memorable, lush and understated sonic palette that brings the staples of folk music to a modern audience...
Certain music is so timeless that you can simply connect to it almost instantly - as soon as the notes hit your ears and the groove settle into your heart, you are immediately transported into a whole new dimension - a sonic world created by the artists, or better yet, channeled by the artists through the filter of their unique musicianship.
Christine Weir put together a phenomenal group of musicians in order to work on her 2nd solo album, titled “Weir Celts”. As the title of this release might suggest you, the music is heavily inspired by earthy Irish and Scottish folk influences, as Christine’s vocals shine through a constellation of blissfully arranged strings, rhythms and other instruments.
The band’s energetic modern attitude seamlessly blends in with the band’s unique feel and passion for retro aesthetic, making for a unique compromise between contemporary folk and timeless Celtic vibes. The album’s hilarious cover pokes fun at the famous Marilyn Monroe “skirt incident”…giving it an hilarious Celtic spin!
Christine and her band stand out for their authentic renditions of traditional classics, as well as inspired performances with a unique and vibrant twist. And that earns her a 5 star review from Celtic Radio!
Find out more and visit her page on Bandcamp to support the artist directly: Christine_Weir
1. Dowie Dens of Yarrow 2. Skye Boat 3. The Clan MacDonald 4. Horo Haradala 5. Star of the County Down 6. Danny Boy 7. Warriors Cry 8. Mull of Kintyre
Get Up Jack is a band with a truly magnetic approach to their sound. They are widely appreciated by audiences and critics alike for their unique blend of Irish folk.
The group features multi-instrumentalist John Haggerty, as well as seasoned performer and songwriter Mike DeAngelis, drummer Scott Apicelli, guitarist/banjoist Crick Diefendorf, bassist Tom Pirozzi and harmonics Doug Johnson.
Their performances are energetic, upbeat and dynamic, and they are able to engage their audience with their stomp-laden songs, fascinating melodies and timeless harmonies.
Overtime, their earnest musical compositions and heartfelt performances earned them comparisons with masters of the crafts, including artists like The Dubliners, The Wolfe Tones or The Clancy Brothers, just to mention but a few. However, Get Up Jack certainly set out to build their own way and follow their own path with their one-of-a-kind sound and vision.
Their most recent studio effort, “Alive & Well - Volume II", is a collection of songs that embody the band’s unique vision and sonic aesthetics. The album features 14 tracks that showcase a really broad dynamic range from this band. On songs such as “The Scotsman”, the band immediately fires up an energetic number with a tasteful arrangement and some thought-provoking lyrics that have a strong storytelling quality.
“Boys of The Old Brigade” expands on the energy and adds more to the table, with sing-alongs that are memorable and meant to include the audience in a really powerful experience. “Go Lassie Go” is certainly one of the most entertaining moments on the album, with its passionate groove and entertaining tempo.
What we particularly love about this band is that they are not only skilled entertainers: their music alternates moments of free inhibition and pure unadulterated energy, with other instances that are more introspective, intimate and emotions. On songs such as “I’ll tell me ma”, they also reveal a more understated and reflective side.
Find out more about the Get Up Jack and stay tuned for tours and releases by visiting their website: Getupjackband.com.
5 Stars from Celtic Radio!
Alive and Well Volume II
1. Galway Races 2. Bonnie Highland Laddie 3. Paddy on the Railway 4. Galway Girl 5. Big Strong Man 6. I'll Tell Me Ma 7. The Ramblin' Rover 8. Brennan on the Moor/Johnson's Motor Car 9. Streams of Whiskey 10. Go Lassie Go 11. The Girls From Derry 12. Festival of Galway 13. Boys of the Old Brigade 14. The Moonshiner 15. The Scotsman
Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan have been making music for many years, and they happened to cross paths about a decade ago, somewhere in the backstage of a theatre in rural Pennsylvania. Ever since then, they shared quite a few musical adventures, touring around the country, although they finally decided to collaborate in 2014.
Also busy with his band “Enter the Haggis”, Brian immediately struck up great stage chemistry with Rose, and moved to Philadelphia, where the pair started “House of Hamill. The young duo have over 25 years of collective experience as musicians and songwriters, and they both excel at a wide variety of instruments, from fiddle to classical violin and guitar. Their songs are always on the edge of traditional and innovation, as they clearly enjoy what they are playing and their performances are electrifying. The pair debuted earlier in 2016, with “Wide Awake”, an album chockfull of mesmerizing melodies that redefine what’s traditional, with personality and verve.
One of the most striking aspects about the songs on the album, and the performances of this talented pair of musicians, is definitely the rare ability to truly touch the audience with their enthusiasm and deep passion for the craft. With so much experience, Rose and Brian are true naturals, and they know what it takes to keep the audience engaged, whether on a stage or in the recording studio.
On songs such as “Heart Shaped Box” or “Daydream”, the duo explores some really uplifting melodies with some fun and heartfelt executions. Tracks such as “Guns Of The Magnificent Seven” and “Fierce Cottage” are absolutely electrifying with energy seeping through each note, even during the most mellow moments. The latter song is particularly striking for its tense, dark atmospheres, combined with the uplifting rhythm section and the masterfully executed fiddle leads and rhythm guitar arrangement.
House of Hamill channels the diverse background and wealth of talented skills of both musicians involved within this project. They achieve a truly interesting blend of folk, which is rather separated from the pair’s other projects and bands, but yet it still retains that common denominator: passion, heart and feeling behind everything they do.
5 stars from Celtic Radio for this Celt-Folk Dream Team!
1. The Pinnacle 2. Nightmare 3. Memory 4. Fierce Cottage 5. Daydream 6. Guns Of The Magnificent Seven 7. Flashback 8. Son Ar Rost 9. Wide Awake 10. Heart Shaped Box
The Gothard Sisters know a thing or two about great Celtic music, and as a family band, they do have a certain special blend of chemistry, particularly when performing songs of love, hope and happiness during the festive season. The Gothard Sisters set out to make a name for themselves ever since they got started in the Celtic music scene back in 2006. Since then, they went on to perform over a thousand shows to acclaim and praise from fans and critics alike. These talented multi-instrumentalist kept building up a loyal following, not only thanks to their undiscussed mastery of the craft and deep passion for great Celtic music, but also for their youthful energy and great ability to entertain people and connect with crowds.
The girls went on to develop a very special sound that transcends the borders of classic Celtic music and goes on to feature a wide variety of elements and influences, ranging from pop to Americana. Yet, all of these eclectic influences are blended in quite subtly, as the footprint of the Celtic music scene remains particularly strong through the band’s musical portfolio. Recently, the Gothard sisters set out to celebrate Christmas with a special album, featuring a collection of classic tunes, reimagined, reworked and interpreted in their own, unique way. The release features 9 tracks, including various carols and traditional compositions, reinvented in a very unique way.
The Gothard Sisters are particularly well-known for their energetic, light-hearted approach: you will often find them playing to their audiences with a smile on their face, but also conquering their hearts with their charming personalities and outgoing stage demeanor. This particular attitude works particularly well with the naturally positive energy of Christmas songs and the mix could not be any better.
This is definitely one of those records that will be a mainstay around our Christmas tree this year, and we could definitely see it as a soundtrack to any beautiful Christmas Eve spent surrounded by the love and warmth of family members. We find it particularly inspiring that the Gothard Sisters, a family in its own right, set out to keep many traditions alive with their music, from the timeless sound of Celtic folk to our favorite Christmas vibes!
5 Stars from Celtic Radio for keeping the season and the meaning of Christmas alive with Falling Snow!
1. Hark the Herald Angels Sing 2. Christmas Flower 3. Winter Wonderland 4. Good King Wenceslas 5. French Carol 6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 7. The Happy Elf 8. Still Still Still 9. Skaters Waltz 10. Joy to the World