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I Dreamed a Dream -
Susan Boyle

I Dreamed a Dream does not disapoint. Overall, this is a beautiful album with every track a gem. Fans of Ms. Boyle and of good music in general will love this debut effort. Adapted from amazon reviews.
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Irish Songs of Rebellion, Resistance and Reconciliation

From the haunting speeches of Easter 1916 and Robert Emmet's last words to the finale of “A Nation Once Again”, all of the performances on this superb recording are both stirring and thought-provoking. As one reviewer said - buy this with confidence.
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Mother: Songs Celebrating Mothers & Motherhood
by Cathie Ryan, Robin Spielberg, Susan McKeown

Mother is a lovely recording of Celtic traditionals, lullabies, and original compositions. All of the reviews on amazon give it 4 stars or more and the audio samples are a treat to listen to.
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by Damien Dempsey

Known to his many fans as "Damo", Dempsey’s earthy, satirical, wrong-side-of-the-Liffey, tell-it-like-is style remains intact as he addresses the bitterness of poverty, teenage angst, drug addiction and other urban ills that so often afflict working class people. The USA release features three live bonus tracks, "Negative Vibes", "Factories" and "It's All Good", taped during his sold-out 2005 Olympia Theater (Dublin) performances and accompanied by an impromptu chorale of audience members who have clearly committed every single word to memory.
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Dancing at Lughnasa
Music by Bill Whelan

Bill Whelan's orchestral soundtrack for "Dancing At Lughnasa" is simply gorgeous. The music aptly conveys the feelings of longing, alienation, sadness, and uncertainty, as well as times of joyful exuberance, as revealed by the film's endearing characters.
I find that the music also perfectly suggests the transition of the winding-down of summer and the coming of autumn, just as the film's characters also face a severe change of season in their personal lives.
Even without the wonderful film, the music that Bill Whelan has created here stands on its own as a cohesive, moving, emotive work.
Highly recommended! Amazon reviewer
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Evelyn - Movie Score

Composer Stephen Endelman leans on traditional Celtic folk touches and skillfully weaves them into an orchestral context that ranges from the gently pastoral to emotionally detached minimalism. Anchored by vocal performances from Van Morrison and Sissel, and featuring a couple of good-natured pub songs by Brosnan himself, it's an inviting soundtrack rooted in Irish traditions, yet one savvy enough to contrast them against a more modern emotional landscape. Edited from a review by Jerry McCulley.
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Songs of the Civil War
Various artists

This remarkable recording includes two versions of When Johnny Comes Marching Home - a vocal rendition as well as an instrumental. The song was composed by Patrick Gilmore who was originally from Gialway. The CD begins with the haunting Ashoken Farewell made famous in Ken Burns' Civil War documentary and ends most appropriately with Taps which was also composed in the Civil War era. Amazon reviewers, including history buffs bent on separating fact from fiction, give the CD 5 stars. We concur.
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Songs of the Irish Immigrants by Golden Bough

Golden Bough put together a great mix of Irish 'standards" in this collection which they have arranged and adopted to their own Celtic music style.
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To Win Just Once
Best of The Saw Doctors

With a history stretching back over two decades, they are the definition of journeymen rockers. The band are now regarded as national heroes in Ireland and and have recently enjoyed a huge resurgence. This CD, for example was originally released in 2009 and currently it's at number 22 on the top 100 album/CD chart as compiled by IRMA - Irish recorded music association for the week ending January 5, 2012.
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Thu, Apr 20, 2017

Fungie, the Dolphin of Dingle Bay

The dolphin is one of Ireland’s most fascinating mammals and Fungie is the most famous. He is a fully- grown bottlenose who is 13 feet (4 meteres) long and weighs about 500 lbs or around one-quarter tonne.
Fungie was first noticed in 1984 when Paddy Ferriter, the Dingle Harbour lighthouse keeper, began watching a lone wild dolphin escort the town's fishing boats to and from port. 
Later that year, it became officially recorded that Fungie was a permanent resident of the entrance channel to Dingle and the self-appointed “pilot” of the fleet. 
Over the years Fungie has developed from a timid but inquisitive observer of the human visitors into a playful, though mischievous, companion.  From observation of marks on his body, it seems that he does 'interact' with other whales, dolphins or porpoises, proving perhaps he is neither hermit nor outcast from his own kind, but rather that he is simply content to spend most of his time in and around Dingle Bay.

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Can't Find it?!

Our Library is compiled from what we know and like. If you can't find what you're looking for read on.
• First: go to Amazon -
There's no escaping the fact that they are the largest catalog.
Note: There are multiple Amazons and they do not carry exactly the same items. Any one of the U.S., U.K. and Canada sites may not have the item but another Amazon will. Each site will ship anywhere in the world. Try them all before you give up.
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• Second: Amazon doesn't have it? Try BMG. They are one of the largest Music stores - period. Click here for BMG Music.
We recommend you search for artist or title words.
• Third: Still can't find It? Alright, try ALibris they are the place for 'books you never thought you'd find'. They now carry music (even vinyl). The prices vary, since they are offered from various sources.
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• Fourth: Is it in print, at least?
Try Irish Music International, they'll go out of their way to obtain any item currently available.
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• Last: Nothing Worked?
E-Mail us, we'll give it a go. Click for Russ & Bridget.


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