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Matthew Edwards Irish music BBC Radio 4 NOW (24) RE: Irish music BBC Radio 4 NOW 08 May 12

What a lovely programme; thanks for pointing it out Greg. There are some wonderful tributes in it to Seamus Ennis in his combined role of performer and collector, and I think it is noticeable that the performances he coaxes out of the singers and musicians he recorded have a warmth and intimacy that makes the listener feel they are sitting in the kitchen with them.

The tracks from the original LP can all be found by searching on the Lomax Association for Cultural Equity site, but it seems nicer to listen to the two sides of the LP in their entirety on this blog World Library of Folk and Primitive Music - Ireland. The sequence of the tracks is like a river of gems indeed. The blog also reproduces the original sleeve notes which compare the playing of the Balinakill Ceilidhe Band to "a tree full of blackbirds".


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