REBEL HIP HOP
Seanchai and the Unity Squad
The New York-based Rebel Hip Hop band Seanchai and the Unity Squad bring their latest CD “Rebel Hip Hop” with the mix of rap-style, Celtic tones and Irish themes. Seanchai, Chris Byrne, sings, plays Uillean pipes, bodhran and tin whistle, Rachel Fitzgerald on vocals, and the band add to the mix. On Madgroove. Details, website seanchai.com. Or at Rocky Sullivans at (212) 725-3871.
RATTLE ON THE STOVEPIPE
Celtic funk band from Canada, Mad Pudding merges traditional with contemporary for their latest album, Rattle. Funk meets old-time Celtic tunes with a quirky sense of humor. On Iona Records. Details, call (604) 322-4057. Emails, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THE EMPEROR’S FIELD
Irish vocalist and acoustic guitarist Mairan Bradfield’s new release, The Emperor’s Field, is now out on Tandem Records. Details, call Tandem 011-3531-494-4486. Website: ireland.iol.ie/~excell/
The self-titled debut album from Ceili Rain, a seven-piece ensemble which melds hard rock guitar with traditional Celtic rhythms. “It’s Celtic music for the pop/rock palate.” On Punch Records. Details, call CRW Music at (914) 722-0476.
Peter McHugh and Morgan Fingleton offer their New York album, a mix of traditional “Black and Tans” to the more contemporary. Recorded in New York. More details, call (718) 634-7367.