Planxty was an Irish folk music band consisting of soon-to-be-legendary musicians Christy Moore (vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhrán), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitars), Andy Irvine (mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, hurdy-gurdy, harmonica), and Liam O'Flynn (uilleann pipes, tin whistle). The band was formed in 1972, and quickly revolutionized and popularized Irish folk music, touring and recording to great acclaim. The band broke up twice; first in 1975 and again in 1983. The band re-united again in 2004. Their final performance (to date) was in 2005.
From Applecross in the West Highlands of Scotland, Derek produces a blend of Funk, Blues and Afrobeat with a twist of Celtic flavour including occasional Gaelic content. Loaded with driving fretless bass rhythms and lots of guitar. Listen to '10 Out Of Illusion' for a view from the croft as told in the dawn of the 21st century.
Ben Walker first picked up a guitar at age 12 and he never put it down. He picked up other insruments along the way, like the piano, dobro, mandolin, bass, and a myriad of others. His musical influences range from delta blues to be-bop jazz to OLD country (accent on OLD).
Mark Radcliffe hailed her voice and songs as “enchanting, beguiling and as fascinating as songs by Kate Bush and Björk” and KT Tunstall described her voice as "formidable and amazingly rhythmic". The elfin figure they are describing is Julie Fowlis, a talented singer and instrumentalist from Scotland. She is the BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2008 and in a few short years has taken the music scene by storm...
Kathleen MacInnes was born and brought up on South Uist, Western Isles, in a Gaelic speaking home, and has enjoyed an interesting career in television, as an actress, presenter and singer. Kathleen's various projects on television include being presenter of 'Tacsi', a Scottish Bafta award-winning television show of Gaelic and Celtic arts and culture; a part in the Gaelic 'soap' 'Machair'; parts on BBC TV's comedy shows such as 'Ran Dan' and 'PC Alasdair Stewart'; the film 'Interrogation of a Highland Lassie'...
Blackwater may refer to at least 3 artists:
1) a French group of Celtic music caracterized for its energic sound and accurate control over the instruments. See http://www.lesonotone.com/blackwater/ and http://www.myspace.com/blackwateririshconnection. 2) a deathmetal band from the cold north. Inspired by bands like Kataklysm, Hate Eternal, Bloodbath, Behemoth etc... 3) A London-based classic rock band comprising Tommy Balaam (vocals/guitar), George McKenzie (Guitar), Rory Murphy (Vocals/bass) and Bryce Dunn (Drums).