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Victims of Irish Music

Instrumental Irish & Celtic Music from the Best Independent Celtic Bands


Songs of Ireland

© Marc Gunn 2007

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1. "Cooley's Set (Reels: Cooley's Reel,/Sporting Paddy/Toss The Feathers)" by Wild Clover Band
2. "Sleeping Under The Tables Set" by Kennedy's Kitchen
3. "Lannigan's Ball/Rambling Pitchfork/Tar Road Sligo" by Cady Finlayson
4. "Staten Island Hornpipe/Morpeth Rant" by The Jolly Rogues
5. "The Gneeveguilla Reel/Drag her Round the Road/The Golden Keyboard" by Arabesque
6. "The Boys from Blue Hill/Cherish the Ladies" by Bow Triplets
7. "Princess Royale" by Thomas "Doc" Grauzer
8. "Chicago Trippin up the Stairs by Boston Blackthorne
9. "Rocky Road to Brenham" by Celtic Stone
10. "Geordie Lad" by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
11. "Old Grey Cat" by Marc Gunn & The Dubliners' Tabby Cats
12. "Congress Reel" by Poitin
13. "The Road to Lisdonvarna/Morrison's Jig" by Vince Conaway
14. "Polkas and Slides" by The Tea Merchants
15. "Banks of Spey/High Road to Linton" by Highland Fling
16. "Campbell's Farewell to Red Gap/Newcastle" by Bedlam Bards
17. "The Skylark/Humours of Tulla/Lucy Campbell's" by Culann's Hounds

 


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Born from the struggle to keep acoustic Irish music alive and relevant, "Victims of Irish Music" gathers the finest independent Celtic musicians who are winning the fight to keep instrumental Irish and Celtic music as vibrant and meaningful as it was when musicians in Ireland were victimized for their love of music.

Last year, I borrowed a book from harper, Doc Grauzer, for casual reading about the history of Irish music. In the book, the author explained that many Irish musicians were forbidden by Britain to play the music of their heritage and suffered the consequences for disobeying. But the concept seemed to have greater depth to me as an independent Celtic musician.

Music has evolved a lot since those days. Styles have changed. Dylan went electric. Enya changed the whole concept of "Celtic music" to many in the United States. While I enjoy all styles of Irish and Celtic music, I feel that in order to know where you are going, you should know where you came from. Our cultural heritage is important, as is our musical heritage.

This album includes a wide range of acoustic instrumental music. It is not all traditional, but it is an exciting glimpse at how 21st century independent Celtic musicians are keeping tabs on their cultural heritage. It covers a wide range of musical styles by bands who refuse to allow their heritage to be victimized.

If you are love your Irish heritage, you can show your love of it with this captivating and energizing compilation of amazing music.

A portion of the money earned from this compilation benefits the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Another portion benefits a non-profit Celtic organization (TBA). But all of it supports the heart of our Irish heritage.

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What do others say about this CD?

"If you’ve ever dreamed of walking into a pub like you’d picture came out of the Quiet Man then this is the cd for you. Marc and Andrew have put together another awesome cd of tunes that make you want to head down to the local pub and lift a pint. This is one cd that always helps put me in a better mood and keeps me chuckling along. Each song, whether a traditional drinking song or not manages to extol the virtues and dangers of booze. The song choices capture the joviality that you’re not likely to find outside of a darkened bar."
--Leeza

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