Appalachian Paddy

The Elders were founded in 1998 by six individuals with a passion for music rooted in Americana and Celtic folk rock. From the beginning The Elders seemed to be channeling something ancient and enduring – something unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism. Their ability to bring together the art of story telling with elements both musically progressive and rooted in tradition, has won them a broad international fan base, as well as critical acclaim in numerous publications.

Here are the Elders playing one of the recent tunes called “Appalachian Paddy” which tells the story of Dinny McCann a sliver of a man who emigrates to America and becomes part of the fabric of America – Appalachian.

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House of Hamill

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!

Wide Awake

5.0 Stars!


Track List

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

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The Great Heathen Army!

The Great Heathen Army has arrived on the History Channel!

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The Gothard Sisters – Falling Snow

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!

Track List
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

Read the full article over at Celtic Radio!

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Hidden Cross Emerges in Ireland


Hidden Celtic Cross Emerges in Ireland…

If you happen to be flying over County Donegal in the republic of Ireland, you may be astonished to see a beautiful arrangement of conifer trees in the shape of a Celtic cross growing on the ground below.

“It’s not just cutting patterns in your back garden,” Gareth Austin, a gardening columnist for the Donegal Daily said. “This is horticultural engineering – we will be appreciating this for up to the next 70 years…

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