Dougie MacLean is one of Scotland's finest singers and songwriters, with a rich, heavily-accented voice. He is a multi-instrumentalist (harp, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, didgeridoo, guitar) with a large back catalogue. His first release was in 1983 with the album "Craigie Dhu", although he had already recorded other albums, such as "Snaigow" and "Fiddle", which were not released till much later. He began his career playing with the Tannahill Weavers.
There are a number of bands and artist using this name. (1) The original band called Slide were from Glasgow, Scotland. Formed in the 1980s. They toured with GUN and Texas and released the album 'Down so long'. The biggest hit from the album was called 'Why is it a crime?' Slide consisted of: Kenny Paterson - Lead Guitar
Richard Hynd - Drums (went on to play with Texas)
Scott Fraser - Bass
Grant Richardson - Vocals & Acoustic
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.
Greenland Whalefishers started out in Bergen Norway in 1994, long before anyone had heard of bands like Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys. Combining british punk with celtic folk influences, the band soon became one of the most interesting post-pogues bands . Almost two decades of touring all around the world, releasing seven full length albums, piles of singles and EPs and an uncountable number of split-releases, contributing with music to the movie
Kate Bush (born Catherine Bush on 30 July 1958 in Bexleyheath, Kent, England, now part of Greater London) is an English singer and songwriter known for her expressive four-octave soprano voice, idiosyncratic and literary lyrics, and eclectic and meticulous musical and production style. She debuted in 1978 with the surprise hit "Wuthering Heights", which was number one in the British music charts for four weeks.
The Wolfe Tones are an Irish rebel music band deeply rooted in Irish traditional music. They are named after the Irish rebel and patriot Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the Irish Rebellion of 1798 with the double entendre that a wolf tone is a spurious sound that can affect instruments of the violin family. The Wolfe Tones began in the early 1960s, and have continued recording and performing to this day. They originally consisted of the brothers Derek and Brian Warfield and their friend Noel Nagle, with Tommy Byrne joining soon after.
Tommy Fleming – is Ireland’s biggest selling Irish artist over recent years.
Tommy Fleming was born in 1971 in Aclare, County Sligo. His singing talent was apparent from a young age, when he took part in talent competitions and concerts. Started a rock band (!) whilst at school.
After leaving school (in 1990) Tommy started to establish himself as part of a Castlebar quartet known as “Jarog” performing in pubs and clubs around the country. Tommy was also attracting attention at their many festival appearances across the country.
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Iarla Ó Lionáird (also commonly spelled Iarla Ó Lionaird and Iarla O'Lionaird) is an Irish singer well known for his contributions in the band Afro Celts. He is one of the most prominent artists of the Irish Sean-nós singing tradition, and has released three solo albums through EMI/Real World Records, the third being Invisible Fields, released in August 2005.
Sally Barker (born 19 September 1959, Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, England) is an English folk singer and songwriter, known for her solo work and as a founding member of The Poozies. After winning the Kendal Songsearch Competition in 1986, Barker began touring in a support capacity to acts such as Fairport Convention, Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Wishbone Ash and Roy Harper. Her self-titled first album was well-received and contained cover versions of songs previously featured in her live act.