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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!

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My three favourites are "Ego Trip" by Macdara O’Raghallaigh, "The shores of Lough Graney" by PJ and Martin Hayes, and "Deadly Buzz" by Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh and Mick O’Brien. (I know, heavy fiddle bias

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Everything Available by Bobby Casey, everything available from paddy canny .
http://celticgrooves.homestead.com/CG_Byrnes_Martin.html
https://thesession.org/recordings/1494
https://thesession.org/recordings/search?q=JOhn+vEsey
https://thesession.org/recordings/30
https://thesession.org/recordings/994
https://thesession.org/recordings/1534

A few fiddlers to start .
On my page is a list of great players at the bottom. Basically anything you can get by those guys.

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Some of my most played albums:
Mike McGoldrick - Morning Rory
Dermot Byrne - no title
Kevin Burke - If the Cap Fits
Kevin Burke - Eavesdropper
Lúnasa - first album

Some albums which shaped my early repertoire (~1991-1993):
James Keane - Roll Away the Reel World
Paddy O’Brien - Stranger at the Gate
Irish Tradition - Corner House
Touchstone - The New Land
Chieftains - Boil the Breakfast Early
Kevin Burke - Up Close

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Good stuff, meself. Love it all, especially the Paddy Cronin stuff.

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If you go to http://ceolalainn.blogspot.com/ you can download the album covers, end-notes and other information, just not the actual mp3’s. Thady Quill has pointed you at their current location. God Bless ‘Dragut Reis’ and also Artyom K.

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Wow! you weren’t exaggerating Thady Quill. Thanks for that. You too Postie.

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Here’s a link to a (big) Spotify playlist, containing most of my favourite Irish traditional music - or at least all that’s available on Spotify. It’s all "Pure Drop" playing because basically that’s all I’m interested in! I can’t say I can name you specific albums that many of my favourite Irish musicians – like Seamus Ennis or Willie Clancy or Micho Russell – recorded. Partly cos a lot of their albums are essentially long compilations, which I wouldn’t necessarily want to listen to all the way through: I think Spotify is quite handy in that respect, in allowing you to cherry-pick your own "45 minutes of Tommie Potts" type album.

https://open.spotify.com/user/mattmilton/playlist/2fDvPzpUaydhBIRJJzvLe0

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Thanks Thady, I downloaded that lot yrs ago but was able to grab them on my new device. I recommend the breeze from Erin and of course the Bobby Casey stuff . Just get it all ! What more could you want!!
Still, go spend some money. Get some uilleann piping albums. David powers has 3 classics all well worth the money, Robbie Hannon , S Ennis of course . Definately try to find Pat .Mitchell album , it’s another all time classic.
Enjoy.
Thanks Matt, some excellent stuff there.

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My Stuck on a Desert Island list would include these for sure:
"Cnuas" by Éamon De Buitléar & Ceoltóirí Laighean
https://siopa.gael-linn.ie/sites/gael-linnEN/Products/music/groupcefcd190-cnuas-le-ceoltoiri-laighean-double-cd

"Seoltaí Séidte - Setting Sail" various artists, also available from Gael Linn

"The Eighteen Moloney" by David Power
http://www.davidpowerup.com/the-eighteen-moloney.html

"Take Me Tender" by Jimmy O’Brien Moran
http://jimmyobrienmoran.com/take-me-tender-track-details/

"Ó Mo Dhúchas" by Seosamh O hÉanaí
https://siopa.gael-linn.ie/sites/gael-linnEN/Product.aspx?cid=1998&pid=8565&treeid=2

"The Stone in the Field" by Tommy Reck
https://www.amazon.com/Stone-Field-Tommy-Reck/dp/B000S5590I

"Rarities and Old Favorites: 1949-1993" Micho Russell
https://www.amazon.com/Rarities-Old-Favorites-1949-1993-Whistle/dp/B00TQESAJE

"Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts" by Mick O’Brien, Emer Mayock, and Aoife Ni Bhriain
https://www.amazon.com/Goodman-Manuscripts-OBrien-Mayock-Bhriain/dp/B00BFUSNJY

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Music from the Lost Continent - Seán Gavin, Jesse Smith, John Blake
(Young players playing with great ‘old-style’ influences)

Copley Street - Joey Abarta, Nathan Gourley, B. Miller

Andy McGann and Paddy Reynolds - Fiddle Duets (Greatly shaped my repertoire, classic Sligo-New York tunes)
(I think that’s the name of it, on Shanahachie)

Mick O’Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh - Deadly Buzz (lovely Sliabh Luachra influenced playing)

Brian Rooney - The Godfather (classic Leitrim playing)

Fiddle bias but representation of many styles.

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Go on, then, I’ll play.

Lúnasa’s "The Merry Sisters of Fate" has to be my all-time favourite album of all time. https://thesession.org/recordings/115

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill "Live in Seattle". https://thesession.org/recordings/16
Mick O’Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh "Kitty Lie Over" https://thesession.org/recordings/616
Siobhán Peoples and Murty Ryan "Time On Our Hands" https://thesession.org/recordings/410
Impossible to choose a last one (it’s like choosing between your children!) but since we seem to be into duets for the moment, how about:
James Kelly and Zan McLeod "The Ring Sessions" https://thesession.org/recordings/440

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That’s two for Mick and Caoimhín in the last half hour or so, then 🙂

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Noel Hill & Tony MacMahon: In Knocknagree
Tony Mac Mahon, Noel Hill, Iarla O Lionaird: Music of Dreams
Tony MacMahon: Traditional Irish Accordion
Joe Cooley: Cooley
Tommy Potts: Liffey Banks
Various: Tuning the Radio (a fantastic compilation made by RTE Radio)
Frank Harte: Dublin Street Songs - Through Dublin City
Must have artists: Seamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, Margaret Barry

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My top few I don’t see above are:
The two Sliabh Notes albums- Along Blackwater’s Banks and Gleanntan
Griannan’s The Maid of Eirin
The Mulcahy family’s The Reel Note and Notes from the Heart
Mike and Mary Rafferty’s The Dangerous Reel
Oisin Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald and Michael O’Ruanaigh’s Traditional Music on Fiddle, Banjo and Harp
Martin Mulvihill’s The Humors of Glin and Brendan Mulvihill’s the Flax in Bloom

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This is not easy for me because there is too much good music recorded.

Here is some of what I would love to listen to if I get stranded on a deserted island.

Denis Murphy ~ http://ceolalainn.breqwas.net/download/Denis%20Murphy/Music%20from%20Sliabh%20Luachra/

John Doonan ~ http://ceolalainn.breqwas.net/download/John%20Doonan/At%20the%20Feis/

Catherine McEvoy ~ https://open.spotify.com/album/2pd7vnlFfhCMkCAPKcHu8p

Mary MacNamara ~ https://open.spotify.com/track/3o5JuRq7gBC6PUeEwgXt5k

It’s only 4 so far & I doubt I’ll have this much time to prepare if I do get stranded. Since I’m not there yet might as well think it through.

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Top of my heap would be ‘Out in the Night’ by Fisherstreet - when that album came out, we learned every tune, the album was simply so consistently magical and still is.

Next would come Johnny McCarthy’s two albums, which demonstrate how to play Irish reels (and the rest of course, but reels in particular) with poetry - and artistry, both in the sense of beauty as well as technical skill.

All of Mary Mac Namara’s albums for pure authentic rhythm.

Paddy Canny for raw power.

Sorry it’s all Clare music.

No I’m not. 8))

Regards,
David

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I just subscribed to Matt Milton’s spotify playlist shown above. Good stuff on there.

My public Spotify playlist is bigger, and has mostly more modern recordings, although it still leans mostly toward the traditional end of the spectrum (there are a few more progressive things in there too). You can link to my playlist here:

https://open.spotify.com/user/22nggqnvepmzbt6y7kuyk3rca/playlist/6mCPzGSSrY9VO5Ta2jX69Q

What you may find is that you discover some nice recordings that you would like to own. I have discovered some great trad using Spotify that I never would have found blindly looking for CDs or using YouTube (including a few bands with people I know, but didn’t know they had new bands…) 😉

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Thank you everyone for the contributions! They are very much appreciated!

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Jerone, sorry I ‘ve come late to this discussion - in no particular order -
1 Altan -Blackwaterside
2 Jackie Daly and Seamus Creagh
3 Chieftains 1
4 Dick Gaughan - Coppers and Brass
5 De Dannan - Star Spangled Molly
6 Boys of the Lough - 1st album
7 Bothy Band - Old Hag you’ve Killed Me
8 Music from the Coleman Country -Leader records
9 De Dannan -Song for Ireland
10 Planxty - Well Below the Valley
that’s just Irish - I haven’t even started on Cape Breton, Quebecois, Shetland, Bluegrass, Cajun………………….

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Forgotten Gems by Peter Carberry and Padraig McGovern
Steele’s Rock by Johnny McCarthy
Traditional Irish Music on the Button Accordion by Dan Gurney
In Retrospect by Danny O’Mahony
Ig Noc Na Cree by Noel Hill and Tony MacMahon
Kitty Lie Over by Liam O’Brien and Caiomhin O’Raghallaigh
Anything with Micheal O’Raghallaigh on it
The Eighteen Moloney by David Power
Conversations at the Crosses by Pat O’Connor and Eoghan O’Sullivan
Turning Tides by Claire Egan

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DavidT
I was only aware of one Johnny McCarthy album, Steele’s Rock, what is the other called, and is it available? Can’t tell you how excited I am at the prospect…
Chris

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cag, it’s "Solo Run", see here: https://thesession.org/recordings/3231

He did the recording to aid charity (Clare 250 Cancer Centre) and he’s got loads of CDs left, so buy two at least! Use the contact details shown on "Steele’s Rock".

It includes a taster with his long-time playing partner and true gentleman Mike Fitzgerald, who sadly passed away recently. RIP.

Regards
David

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Johnny Connolly ~ https://open.spotify.com/album/040BfCtnJI6KzFFHHlFV3h

Shannon Heaton ~ https://open.spotify.com/track/58BxLt3CufqHT1ouIKrKAB

Ulaid ~ https://soundcloud.com/ulaid-music


Eithne Ní Uallacháin ~ https://soundcloud.com/eithneniuallachain/taim-cortha-o-bheith-imaonar-i


Pay the Reckoning; Aidan Crossey’s ~ "Recordings of Irish Traditional Music played on the mandolin" ~ http://music.paythereckoning.com/mandolin.html

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Top of mind not mentioned above:

Contentment is Wealth-Matt Molloy and Sean Keane
First six Chieftains and all the Bothy albums
Mary Bergin’s two

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Thank you all for the additions!