130 GREAT IRISH BALLADSRobert Grogan
This book, accompanied by CD, contains the words, guitar cords, music score and chord symbols for 130 Irish ballads, including such great classics as “James Connolly,” “The Rocky Road to Dublin,” “She Moved Through the Fair,” “Peggy Gordon” and many more. Published by Music Ireland, 61 Grosvenor Square, Rathmines, Dublin 6.
MEMORIES THAT ECHOArranmore
Chicago-based group Arranmore, one of the best known bands on the Irish American circuit, treats its fans to 12 tracks on this album from CS Records. The compilation features selections of Americana, folk, country, gospel and even a dash of rock ‘n’ roll, including seven never before recorded originals. For information, call Mike Considine at Cross Country Productions at (847) 670-7933.
CIRCLE OF THE SUN-ine Minogue
Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary-born -ine Minogue, whose favorite instrument is the harp, captures the essence of the richness of Irish music and song. This collection contains 14 tracks all themed on the Celtic calendar. Check out Aine Minogue on the web at http://www.irish.com
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OCTOBER SONGThe House Band
This album of 10 tracks from Green Linnet Records features traditional and folk numbers from the vibrant, lively House Band. The tracks includes jigs, folk songs, hornpipes, and a Romanian dance tune. For information, call 1 (800) 468-6644 or (203) 730-0333, or write to Green Linnet at 43 Beaver Brook Rd., Danbury, CT 06810. Log onto the web at http://www.greenlinnet.com
Very few bands in Ireland play traditional dance music with the fervor and finesse of Moving Cloud, the band named after a classic Irish reel. “Foxglove” is Moving Cloud’s second release. “Our music is acoustic and deeply rooted in the traditional,” button accordion and melodeon player Paul Brock said. Other band members are M’ve Donnelly and Manus McGuire on fiddles, Kevin Crawford on flute, whistle and bodhr_n, and Carl Hession on piano. Among them, they possess more than 20 All-Ireland titles. For information, call 1 (800) 468-6644 or (203) 730-0333, or write to Green Linnet at 43 Beaver Brook Rd., Danbury, CT 06810. Log onto the web at http://www.greenlinnet.com
THE IRISH WOLFHOUND:SYMBOL OF CELTIC SPLENDORMary McBryde
This 335-page hardback, from Howell Book House, Macmillan Publishing USA, is, quite simply, a treat for breeders of the Irish wolfhound, and indeed for canine lovers in general. It’s packed with information, color photographs and diagrams with everything there is to know about this dog breed: the early history of the dog, how to choose a puppy, training, feeding, showing, breeding, and health care. Cost $49.95. For information, log onto http://www.mcp.com/mgr/howell
CELTIC ILLUMINATION,THE IRISH SCHOOLCourtney Davis
This is a 96-page paperback with 106 illustrations, six of them in color. In this publication, Courtney Davis recreates portraits of the saints, border designs, Celtic symbols and elaborate initials from all the Irish School manuscripts, spanning the period from the beginning of the seventh century until the 12th Century. It is published by Thames and Hudson, 500 Fifth Avenue, NY 10110. Cost is $15.95. For information, call Stacy McLaughlin at (212) 354-3763.