Having the correct music makes it so much easier to dance the Ceili Dances and Set Dances. If you let the music guide you along, then you can get a feel for what to do next. There are several different styles of music including: reels, jigs, polkas, slides and hornpipes. Many of the dances were written to suit certain tunes. Traditional Irish Ceili Dance music, when played correct, really brings the dancers along with them and particular tunes can cause the dancers on the floor to respond once the band begin to play them.
From Cork With Love (2010)
The Máirtín de Cógáin Project
On a new endeavor with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project, he has conjured this album “From Cork with Love”, direct from the beautiful city and brought to you with as much attention as only an exile can give. It’s a record full to the brim with songs of love, romance, heartache and dreams, with a few stories and mighty tunes thrown in between.
i lár an aonaigh (2009)
The Fuchsia Band
The Fuchsia Band’s third album ‘i lár an aonaigh’, has a shine and relaxed style that every band has yearned for decades. With eleven beautiful tracks, one more powerful than the next, this album will leave you stomach aching with laughter and your cheeks soaking with tears.
Soldiers’ Songs: The Irish Abroad and Soldiering (2009)
Captain Mackey’s Goatskin and Stringband
TWO GENERATIONS OF CORK BALLADEERS: Corkmen Máirtín de Cógáin and Jimmy Crowley have given their whole lives to the promulgation and nurture of the ballad. Both men hail from the rebel county of Cork and now reside in America. This is their first duet album which won “Best Album by a New Band” from the paper Irish American News. A themed album bringing the listener from the battlefields of Flanders to the South Pole to Freemantle is Australia as well as the cornfields of Gettysburg and many more adventures.
Grá Dá Raibh (2006)
The Fuchsia Band
In 2007, The Fuchsia Band’s 2nd album Grá Dá Raibh was voted “Album of the Year” by the No Celtic Boundaries radio program, and lead singer Máirtín de Cógáin was also awarded “Songwriter of the Year”. With 9 All-Ireland accolades between them, they are a fierce force for any audience. These four lads have traveled far and wide, bombarding people with ceol binn (sweet music) every step along the way! The Fuchsia Band will be sure to put you all under their spell and whisk you away to a time before television, to a time before radio, when people entertained themselves…to a place called Fuchsia Land!
Carols For Kenya (2006)
Nora Cogan, Family and Friends
Get into the Christmas mood early and check out ‘Carols for Kenya ’. All the old favourite carols, with a few new ones, are brought together in one great album. With the help of family and friends Nora Cogan has produced a varied and entertaining album. All profits from the sale of the CD will go directly to Turkana , Kenya where Nora funds an education project there. Already 1,700 CDs have been sold and €14,000 has gone to The Anna Nanjala Teachers Education Centre, in Turkana, Kenya. Only 250 CDs remain.
The Fuchsia Band (2005)
The Fuchsia Band
The Fuchsia Band have established themselves as one of the top Irish Traditional bands on the circuit, with their lively folk-trad spirit and charm never-failing. Melding powerful ballads and sprightly tunes into a delightful performance, The Fuchsia Band show will enliven the Irish zest within you instantaneously. The band has played far and near, from the American shores to the Finnish fjords, bringing the sold-out venues to a storming frenzy through music, songs, stories and dance. This is their first album, self titled. Recorded the summer of 2005.
The False Start (2004)
Máirtín de Cógáin
This is how Máirtín was at the start of his career; raw, fresh and ready to sing at the drop of a hat. The False Start was recorded in Leap Studios, west Cork in the summer of 2004. It is a collecting of Máirtín’s early party pieces and crowd pleasers. A few songs as Gaelige (in the Irish Language), a couple of Funny numbers and a story his father thought him brings the listener on a journey of laughter and history. Recently it has sold out and is only available on digital format. Máirtín brings not CDs to gigs now but DCs make sure you ask him about them.