Main: From the Library: A Taste of Ireland with Elrik Merlin

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 16 March, 2011

This week on Radio Riel has very much a Celtic flavour, and today is no exception. Gabi will be presenting our St Patrick’s Day celebrations – not to mention two fabulous Balls in Caledon Rothesay in Second Life – tomorrow, but in the meantime, today’s programme features a selection of Irish music from several genres beyond the Celtic and traditional Irish music that you will no doubt be treated to tomorrow. Of course there’ll be some of the latter too, but that’s not the main focus of the day.

Instead, today’s programme includes 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 (hardly surprising, perhaps that the traditional music that developed into American country music has come back home). 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, who is also 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 and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with our friends at the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme in-world now at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link: 

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.

Photo: “Live musicians in Oliver St. John Gogarty Pub”, by Arizona Fox, courtesy of


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