Happy St Patrick’s Day

Today’s pro­gramme fea­tures a selec­tion of Irish music of many kinds, on the occa­sion of St Patrick­’s Day.

We’re fea­tur­ing a wealth of Irish pop­u­lar and easy lis­ten­ing music, of the sort that you might find in lit­tle record shops in small towns across Ire­land, along with the more famil­iar tra­di­tion­al music you’ll be more used to. So you’ll hear beau­ti­ful, flow­ing pieces based around Irish themes – notably from song­writer, pianist, music pro­duc­er, arranger and direc­tor Phil Coul­ter – and bal­lads, some of which have dis­tinct coun­try music influ­ences.

There are some oth­er Amer­i­can con­nec­tions today too, such as a col­lec­tion of vin­tage record­ings by lead­ing Irish Amer­i­can fid­dler Michael Cole­man (1889–1945), released by the Cole­man Irish Music Cen­tre in Gur­teen, Co. Sli­go. You’ll also hear the work of Shaun Dav­ey, not­ed for his large-scale orches­tral works inspired by Irish his­to­ry, and pianist Mícheál Ó Súil­leab­háin, Pro­fes­sor of Music at the Irish World Music Cen­tre of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lim­er­ick.

Bean­nach­taí na Féile Pádraig!


Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. 

To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er if your brows­er is set up to pass streams to an exter­nal play­er. 

You can also lis­ten via TuneIn, either with their web site or via the TuneIn App.

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