Celtic Rock: Music from the Celtic Rock Stage
The Ward Irish Music Archives has just released a new Celtic Rock compilation featuring 18 different bands that have appeared on the Celtic Rock Stage at Milwaukee Irish Fest. The Celtic Rock Stage dates back to the 1990 festival. Since then dozens of bands from across America, Ireland, Northern Ireland , Scotland and Canada have entertained Irish Fest audiences. The new CD contains songs of some of the most popular bands from the last two decades.
Featuring tracks by: Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Screaming Orphans, More Power to Your Elbow, The Clumsy Lovers, Peatbog Faeries, Slainte Mhath, Brother, Seven Nations, Bad Haggis, Seanchai & The Unity Squad, Kila, Black 47 w/Eileen Ivers, Young Dubliners, The Prodigals, Hothouse Flowers, Rawlins Cross, Scythian, Enter the Haggis
The music contained within these historic cylinder recordings offers a rare opportunity to those interested in Irish traditional music. Recorded sometime after 1904, these cylinders construct an auditory bridge to the written musical notation of traditional tunes collected by Francis O’Neill alongside his recorded musical companions. The sound recordings allow us to hear the music that is a frozen skeleton on O’Neill’s printed page coming alive in the flesh and blood of a real performance.
The recording captures performances by noted uilleann pipers Patsy Touhey, James Early, and Bernard Delaney, as well as fiddlers John McFadden and Edward Cronin.