Festival Interceltique 2014

The Celtic Nations

Sometimes we need reminding that – whatever our origins – we are not just Irish but Celts too, one of the indigenous peoples of north-western Europe. From a report by the Irish Times newspaper: “At the Festival Interceltique, President Michael D Higgins was warmly received as the only head of state of a Celtic country. … Continue reading

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Germany’s Ultra Left – Getting It Wrong Again

An update for you on the controversy surrounding the banning of the bilingual Scottish punk band Oi Polloi from a music festival in eastern Germany organised by a Left-Wing socio-cultural collective. The reason for the ban? Because Oi Polloi performs songs with lyrics in Scottish Gaelic as well as English and for some on the … Continue reading

Celtic Europe, Battling Bigotry From Left And Right

There is an influential theory held by an extremist minority on the Far Left of European politics which opposes a plurality of languages and cultures in Europe because it impedes (as they would claim) the development of a common group identity amongst the working classes on the continent, an identity that that would transcend historic … Continue reading

German Music Festival Bans Gaelic-Punk Group?

Some surprising news from Scotland’s well-known anarcho-punk band Oi Polloi, a bilingual group who produce songs with both English and Scottish Gaelic lyrics. They have issued a statement on their Facebook Page claiming that the organisers of a music festival in Germany have objected to the band playing Scottish language songs and cancelled their planned gig. … Continue reading

Raven, Swordmistress Of Chaos, Chris Achilléos

Chris Achilléos is a Cypriot-born British artist who came to prominence in the 1970s and ‘80s with illustrations for a large number of books and magazines in the Fantasy and Sword ‘n’ Sorcery genres. Instantly recognisable for his exquisitely rendered female figures, invariably beautiful, frequently belligerent, he became widely known amongst fans through several best-selling … Continue reading

Tower Of Strength, The Mission

One of my favourite songs from the early 1990s is The Mission’s “Tower of Strength”, a drum and guitar heavy rock anthem from the British band that showed off Wayne Hussey’s vocal talents at their best. If not entirely typical of the group’s output it was very typical of the effect “dance music” was having … Continue reading

Lashún Gatna “Beautiful Child”

Lashún Gatna or “Beautiful Child”, a song in the traditional Irish Traveller style written and sung by Jack Delaney. The dialect is An tSeiltis or Shelta, a hybrid mix of the Irish and English languages with the former serving as a base for the latter. The translated lyrics are below (with thanks to Jack). “Beautiful Child … Continue reading

June Summer Solstice Session At Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre

Another quick post, this time on behalf of the Séamus Ennis Cultural Centre which is holding a Summer Solstice Session in June from Friday 21st to Sunday the 23rd as part of the so-called Gathering (I’ll maintain a diplomatic silence on the latter event). The Cultural Centre in An Aill (the Naul, Fingal) is a great venue and well … Continue reading

Some Quick Posts

First up a review in the Irish Times of the new TG4/BBC co-production, the comedy-drama “Scúp”, penned by Irish author and screenwriter Colin Bateman (the man behind the mid-2000s BBC hit “Murphy’s Law”): “From reporters having to beg for their salaries to the canny deployment of question marks in headlines to see off libel accusations, … Continue reading

Ceol Ar An Imeall

Ceol ar an Imeall, TG4′s indie music show, is back tonight at 23.00 on TG4. Lots of Irish bands performing live in studio plus interviews with a host of international acts. A whole gaggle of performances for Ceol ar an Imeall are available to watch for free here. Enjoy! Follow Ceol ar an Imeall on Facebook or Twitter.

Two Tech Stories For Gaeilgeoirí

Two tech stories for the Irish-speaking community via the Silicon Republic. The first highlights the addition of the TG4 player to the line-up of on-demand television services provided by the major Irish cable and broadband company UPC. “On-demand TV now comes as Gaeilge, as TG4’s line-up is added to UPC On Demand, which has now … Continue reading

Gráinne Holland – Teanga na nGael

In a shameless rip-off of the Cedar Lounge Revolution here is my own “Something For The Weekend“. Belfast’s Gráinne Holland is one of Ireland’s most talented new musical artists. Her innovative 2011 album Teanga na nGael (“Language of the Gael”) combines traditional Irish music with a European sound that echoes elements of pop, jazz and several other influences. It say’s much … Continue reading

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    Nominated 2014: Best News, Current Affairs, Politics, Mobile Blog Categories; Best Blog Post

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