The Outside Track

A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track’s marriage of Irish, Scottish and Canadian music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, ... Read More »

A Little History And Interesting Facts About The Irish Language

In the U.S. people often ask me if I speak “Gaelic”. Gaelic seems to be the word most Americans refer to the Irish language as. In Ireland we simply call it, Irish. Gaelic is actually a group of languages made up of Irish, Scottish and Manx. Now that that’s cleared up, my answer to people is, yes I speak Irish, ... Read More »

How Can I Learn to Speak Irish?

In recent times there have been some great strides made in the options available to learn how to speak Irish. Not just in Ireland, but abroad and online also. There are numerous online resources and classroom opportunities available. Take a look at some of the options we’ve found that may help you get started. TG4 – TG4 is an Irish ... Read More »

Solas – The Turning Tide – CD Giveaway Winner

The winner of The Turning Tide CD, by the band Solas, is ‘Stephanie’ who left the following comment on the giveaway page: “What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to explore some new music!” Stephanie, please Contact us so that we can get the CD in the mail to you. Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway on the ... Read More »

I’ve been building out my family tree

I started to get serious recently about building out my own family tree. I never really thought it was something I should put together in a hurry, but now that I’ve started getting into it a little I’m finding that the information is a little harder to track down than I had initially thought. I always figured that because I ... Read More »

CD Giveaway – Caladh Nua – Next Stop

This week we are giving away a CD by a relatively new Irish band – Caladh Nua. Their second album, Next Stop, was released in 2011, and will certainly be a great addition to any Irish music collection. Album Review  It is always great to hear new groups coming through, bringing their own style and flavours to the music, hearing ... Read More »

Driving In Ireland – What You Need To Know

Road Conditions Driving in Ireland can be fun and exciting and it’s a great way to see the country, but as almost anyone that has driven there will agree, sometimes it can be a bit of an adventure. From winding narrow roads, to roads with no lane markings, animals on the road, the weather conditions, and quite a few other ... Read More »

CD Giveaway – Solas – The Turning Tide

If you’re a fan of Irish music, then you’re going to love this band. Solas have been playing together since 1996 and have been entertaining fans across the US and further afield during this time. There have been some great reviews written about the band. The Boston Herald has said they are “the first truly great Irish band to arise ... Read More »