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Andy Irvine and Paul Brady Reunite at Celtic Connections

January 30, 2008
With their classic self-titled release in 1976, Andy Irvine and Paul Brady became pioneers in the world of Irish music. The two are reuniting for a special concert at this year’s Celtic Connections festival to celebrate their landmark recording.

Wednesday 30th January 2008, 7.30pm
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall : Auditorium

Hear clips from Andy Irvine & Paul Brady here.

Compass Records Group at Celtic Connections

January 28, 2008
Check out video from "Travelling Folk" at Celtic Connections with performances from Compass Records artists Heidi Talbot, and Eamonn Coyne and Kris Drever.

See it at the BBC Scotland website.

Bill Margeson and LiveIreland.com Announce 2008 "Livies" Winners

January 25, 2008
Bill Margeson and LiveIreland.com have announced their 2008 "Livies" winners with several Compass Records artists receiving nods.

Best Female Vocalist goes to Eddie Reader for her 2007 Compass Records release Peacetime.

    "This Scot can sing! Her voice is a wonder. It can be wild, gentle, soft, or rockin’, as she originally started in rock and roll. Starting with last year’s The Songs of Robert Burns and now with Peacetime, she has set a new gold standard of what the best can offer."


    Michael Black’s performance on "Billy O’Shea" from his self-titled album earned him Vocal Cut of the Year.

      "A true Dublin song...A great album. A fabulous song. A really terrific singer."

      Instrumental Cut of the Year is "Jazzy Wilbur" from Beoga’s 2007 album Mischief.

        "Brilliantly arranged and played, it shows this multi-talented group at its best...There could have been about six other tunes of theirs that would have won this Award—all perfect—and, all different. We had to pick one. We listened to Jazzy Wilbur the most. Reason enough!!"

        See the rest of the list at LiveIreland.com.

        Green Linnet to release Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill’s Welcome Here Again February 12th

        January 22, 2008
        "Hayes has one of the most ravishing violin styles in all of Celtic music...Cahill’s gentle, supportive accompaniment adds precisely the right touch." - LOS ANGELES TIMES

        Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and Chicago-born guitarist Dennis Cahill possess a rare, almost telepathic musical kinship. The duo’s new album, Welcome Here Again, is a fresh departure; eighteen tracks, not one of them over seven minutes, but with that same burning intensity and depth of emotion found in their previous collaborations, The Lonesome Touch (1997) and Live in Seattle (1999). It was once common for Irish musicians to record one tune at a time, to make each one a self-contained masterpiece and in Welcome Here Again this tradition is revived. The mesmeric rhythms, the tantalizing slow release of melody, the extra tone from viola or tuned-down fiddle, all of that and more is present here.

        Welcome Here Again is the first release on Green Linnet since it’s acquisition by the Compass Records Group in 2006. Beginning March 1, 2008 the Compass Records Group will kick off a year long Green Linnet relaunch campaign.

        To sample tunes from Welcome Here Again click here.

        Beoga Tour Diary - Part 3

        January 18, 2008
        Installment 3 is here...

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