The Selkie Girls

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Although The Selkie Girls have been around for less than 2 years, their music and passionate live performances already managed to make waves throughout the Texas Celtic scene.

With an extended line up consisting of textures and instruments as diverse as guitars, flutes, vocals, whistles and fretless bass; the band feels versatile and comfortable within many different settings, from small club gigs to festival stages where they get to engage with a larger audience.

The Selkie Girls recently released their second studio effort; “Long Time Traveling”, hailed positively by critics and audiences alike because of the sheer energy and positivity of the performances, not to mention the musicianship of these artists. I often like to focus on the contrast between Celtic music being so timeless, yet so fresh and new when performed with the right passion and integrity: this is exactly what happens when The Selkie Girls take the stage or where I wear my headphones and get lost into their tracks echoing ancient times, but making them so contemporary and relevant – even in the crazy, kaleidoscopic world we experience in this day and age.

These dynamics are very powerful to me, because this music reminds me how we are still the same human beings looking for the same basic emotions, even though we carry smartphones with us at all times instead of sending messages through pigeons! 5 stars from Celtic Radio!

 

Long Time Traveling



5.0 Stars!

Track List

1. Gaelic Song
2. I’ve Just Seen a Face
3. Bold Jamie
4. Toss the Feathers
5. Molly Ban
6. MacPherson’s Rant
7. Why Should I Cry
8. Eileen Aroon / Mna Na H-Eireann
9. The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry
10. Red Haired Mary
11. Long Time Traveling
12. Galway Girl
13. The Boys of Barr Na Sraide

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Disco at the Tavern

demonbarbersRenowned for their no holds barred approach to their live shows The Demon Barbers return to the concert stage with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning Roadshow.

Since winning ‘Best Live Act’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009 The Demon Barbers have been immersed in the development of their Folk & Hip Hop Dance Extravaganza ‘The Lock In’. Following a number of successful UK tours, including high profile shows at Glastonbury Festival and 5 star reviews for their 2 week run at Edinburgh Fringe, The Demon Barbers now bring some of the UK’s most exciting young Clog, Sword, Hip Hop & Break dancers onto the concert stage to create the live folk music & dance spectacular of the year!

The Demon Barbers gained an outstanding reputation for themselves as a band that is able to unleash an incredible dose of energy on the audience as they perform a really infectious blend of folk and celtic music. These talented lads are all about embracing the grit, organicity and power of folk music and blend it with genres as diverse as dance, electronica and hip-hop.

This is a true cultural clash, but the scene that results from the impact is truly spectacular and highly entertaining. These musicians are all about engaging the crowd with their colourful act and with a spectacular set that brings the pub at the disco….Or the disco to the pub?

When musicians are having fun on the stage, the atmosphere is contagious. This is what happens when The Demon Barbers unleash their eclectic personality on the audience. Recently, the band even expanded to an extended line-up featuring more musicians in order to offer a livelier and more intense live show that could seriously turning into one of the most memorable experiences you could possibility witness in terms of folk music performed live. 5 Stars from Celtic Radio for Disco at the Tavern!

Disco at the Tavern


5.0 Stars!

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The New Blackthorn Stick

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“The New Blackthorn Stick” is the first ever Irish traditional clarinet album. The album features clarinetist Andrew Lamy performing dance sets and lyrical airs in both solo and group instrumental combinations, co-featuring the master musicians who taught and inspired him in his pursuit of adding the voice of the clarinet to Irish traditional music.

Celtic Radio Review:
I am a firm believer that great things happen when you take a slightly different approach to something that you might already be familiar with. Take Andy Lamy, for instance, a talented musician who is approaching Celtic music under a whole new light, implementing the sound of the clarinet.

This very distinctive instrument is not commonly associated with traditional folk instrumentation, but its mellow tone and depth are highly compatible with the actual dynamics of Celtic folk, as well as with the melodic sensibilities of these timeless melodies.

As a musician, Andy Lamy boasts an impressive background at work with some of the most influential classical performers (including the NYC philharmonic orchestra), but his love for Celtic music pushed him to perform with widely recognized folk artists the likes of The Chieftains.

“The New Blackthorn Stick” is actually a masterfully executed collection of tracks that encompass creativity and musicianship in a very unique and compelling way. 5 stars from Celtic Radio.

The New Blackthorn Stick



5.0 Stars!

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Shamrock Shuffle by the Flip N Mickeys!

Make no mistake: the Flip-N-Mickeys are an Irish rock cover band, blasting out Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys hits on guitars lined with green lights and a drum kit emblazoned with a leprechaun. But that isn’t all they are, lead singer Mike Illich is quick to note. Depending on the crowd, you could hear “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” in the same set as “Don’t Stop The Party” by Pitbull and TJR, as well as plenty of the styles in between. “We had the idea of putting together a punk rock Irish band, but we also offered contemporary music,” says Illich, of Cherry Hill, Camden County. This St. Patty’s Day will be the band’s three-year anniversary, and this year the trio is heading into the studio to record some original songs for an EP. They already have some original tracks online at their ReverbNation page, and they sometimes perform their own songs live. “Everybody really responds well,” Illich says of their one song, “Bottoms Up.” “There’s a big crowd participation part. I don’t know if people realize it’s an original song.” Hear their music and learn more: Reverbnation.com/FlipNMickey The band: Mike Illich, guitar and lead vocals; Marc Lewis, drummer; Mike Caprio, bass.

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The Demon Barbers

Renowned for their no holds barred approach to their live shows The Demon Barbers return to the concert stage with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning Roadshow.

Since winning ‘Best Live Act’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009 The Demon Barbers have been immersed in the development of their Folk & Hip Hop Dance Extravaganza ‘The Lock In’. Following a number of successful UK tours, including high profile shows at Glastonbury Festival and 5 star reviews for their 2 week run at Edinburgh Fringe, The Demon Barbers now bring some of the UK’s most exciting young Clog, Sword, Hip Hop & Break dancers onto the concert stage to create the live folk music & dance spectacular of the year!

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