Traditional folk can spring artists into unusual places. Ainsley Hamill began her career in Glasgow folk group Barluath, wrapping her plush, muscular vocals around Gaelic, Scots and English language traditionals, but she begins Not Just Ship Land sounding like last year’s avant-garde newcomer Keeley Forsyth. “Saltwater and city fill
RavensFire, a local group that’s toured Ireland twice, plays traditional Irish music, folk songs, instrumentals and originals. The band includes Larry and Melissa Schmidt on guitar, whistle, mandolin and vocals; Judy Havelick on bodhrán and vocals; and her husband, Guy, tending to the band’s technical needs.
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By Sean Smith
Boston Irish Contributor
It took Celtic fiddler Jenna Moynihan a while before she realized she was making her first album as a singer. About four years ago, Moynihan – currently living in Gloucester but a habitué of Boston’s Celtic/folk music scene since moving here more than a
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In many ways, the sound of Irish music is as distinct as the country’s signature brogue. In Ireland’s folk music, instruments such as the tin whistle, uilleann pipes, and banjo, are used to create winsome soundscapes, while singers are tasked with carrying melodies and lyrics