Several years ago when I lived in Austin, a gentleman at the local pub passed to me a flash drive with over 5GB of Irish Traditional Music on it. I stored all of it on my computer and returned it to him. When I got my iPod a few years later, I could only fit, relatively a few albums from the collection on it. Then my computer died. I tried my hardest to keep the collection safe until I got a new computer, but it did not survive the wait. In that time, the hard drive with the collection on it went bad. Even worse, I’ve even deleted various tracks and albums from my iPod when the time was needed to make some space. I know I’ll never get that exact collection back, and I’ve come to terms with that. What I haven’t come to terms with is how small my own collection is. So I’m willing to spend $500 over the next year on expanding my Irish Traditional Music Collection.
For this recommended listening, I want to know your Top 5 and/or Top 10. The must have music. The "desert island" music. That album that made you love trad in the first place. That album that you listened to obsessively for weeks or months. I know it’s unrealistic to ask people for their #1 All-Time Favorite [anything] of All-Time. So I extended it to something that leaves a little more room, but still gets the job done.
I appreciate the little collection that I do have, but it’s time for some fresh music. I don’t care how old or young it is, if it’s a band, trio, duo, or solo, or what instruments, or features songs, or dancing, it doesn’t matter. If it’s your favorite, it goes on the list. It’ll all be new to me. I guess the only true requirement I would have is that it is accessible. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your time!