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Blackmore's Night

Blackmore's Night is an English Renaissance-inspired medieval folk rock band led by UK guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (electric and acoustic guitars) and Candice Night (lyricist and lead vocals). The origins of the band lie in 1990 when Candice was working at a local New York rock music radio station, and as part of her work first encountered Ritchie (now ex-Deep Purple/Rainbow guitarist), then with Deep Purple, at a soccer game he was playing in. The two became romantically entwined and discovered that they shared a passionate interest in the Renaissance.

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The Frames

The Frames (formed 1990) is an Irish band based primarily in Dublin. As of late 2004, the band consists of Glen Hansard (vocals, guitar), Joe Doyle (bass guitar, vocals), Colm Mac Con Iomaire (violin, keyboard and vocals), Rob Bochnik (lead guitar), and Johnny Boyle (drums). On both versions of the album "Fitzcarraldo" the band went by the moniker "The Frames DC", to avoid being mistaken with a United States band of the same name.

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Andy Irvine

Andy Irvine is one of the best and most important Irish folk musicians of the modern era. A founder of the band Sweeney's Men in the 1960s, he went on to form Planxty along with fellow Irish folk icon Christy Moore. After Planxty's demise came Patrick Street, a less influential but no less virtuosic ensemble that continues to perform and record today, more than 20 years after its founding by Irvine and brilliant fiddler Kevin Burke, who also remains in its ranks.

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The Walls

Well known in Ireland and steadily spreading. Great guitars and melodies. Formed from the ashes of 'The Stunning' by brothers Steve and Joe Wall in 1998. They started their own record label Dirtbird Records and released a string of singles as well as their first album 'Hi-Lo' in 2000. It went Gold in Ireland on the back of good airplay and constant touring. Their second album 'New Dawn Breaking' went Top 5 last year. "Their best work to date"-according to The Sunday Times.

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Niall Vallely

Armagh-born Niall Vallely has established himself in recent years as one of the most original and distinctive voices in Irish music. A member of Cork-based band NOMOS, he has been acclaimed throughout the world as one of Ireland’s greatest concertina players. Niall began learning the concertina at the age of seven, taught by his parents Brian and Eithne Vallely, founders of the Armagh Pipers’ Club, and over the years he has developed a unique approach to playing the instrument.

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Zayn Malik

Zain Javadd "Zayn" Malik, born 12 January 1993, is from Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Born to British Pakistani father Yaser and an English mother, Tricia Malik (née Brannan), he has one older sister, Doniya, and two younger sisters, Waliyha and Safaa. He grew up in East Bowling, was a pupil at Lower Fields Primary School, and went to Tong High School, a state comprehensive school. Malik did not fit in at his first two schools due to his mixed heritage, and after moving schools at the age of twelve, Malik, states he started taking pride in his appearance.

Read more about Zayn Malik on Last.fm.

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Kodaline

Growing up in houses just two minutes away from each other in Swords, a working class town near Dublin airport, Steve and Mark met aged eight, when they were the only boys in the school choir. Skip forward six years and they recruited Vinny, also situated a stones throw away and together set about forming the first of myriad bands. The line-up for Kodaline was recently completed by the addition of bassist Jason Boland. The band's name, incidentally, means absolutely nothing for the moment they wanted something they could take ownership of.

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