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Come West Along the Road: Irish Traditional Music - Treasures from RTE TV Archives, 1960's - 1980's


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Standing Room Only
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KN7BYA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,963 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Come West Along The Road is a popular long-running series of Irish traditional music broadcast since 1994 by RT+‰, the Irish national broadcaster.-  The series takes its title from a well known traditional reel and is an invitation to the West.- In over 150 programs to date, this series has consistently brought older viewers performances often forgotten or never seen, as well as introducing new generations to significant musicians and music of the past. This DVD contains more than two hours of outstanding song and dance performances from across the rich spectrum of Irish traditional music.

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Really enjoyed the music.
Gary L. Stagman
Upon repeated listenings, there will be some you want to skip, but many more you will want to play over and over.
John C. Nielson
A must for Irish music devotees.
G. C. Robertson Sr.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Volunteer of America VINE VOICE on January 12, 2007
Format: DVD
Mutton chop sideburns, bell bottoms and beehives add a charming accent to this delightful collection of traditional Irish dance, music and song drawn from twenty five years (1961-1986) of Irish Public Broadcasting. Many of the performers are unknown in any international sense, but the extraordinarily high standard of virtuosity makes this a real pleasure to watch. The lovely melodies and irresistible beats of traditional Irish performance are truly enjoyable in this bargain-priced, two hour-plus DVD.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Roll on September 17, 2007
Format: DVD
If you're looking for a glitzy performance like Riverdance, this is not the dvd for you. If you're looking for a slice of Irish culture and music from the 60s-80s, this is it. Most of the performers are not even professionals. There's a clip of a young boy in Buncrana singing Four Green Fields in 1976. It gave me chills the first time I heard it. His voice is amazing. There's a touching performance at Sean O'Riada's funeral sung by Sean O'Se. And there's a very funny looking clip taken in a pub somewhere with an old man singing with his eyes shut and his friend seems to be pumping the song out of him with one hand and holding a pint in the other. I loved this dvd. I'll know I'll watch it again and again.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Dunne on March 14, 2007
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Want a crash course in pre-Celtic Tiger Irish culture? Viewing the historic archival segments on this video collection of Irish music, song and dance performances captured over a four deade period is like a getting a crash PH.D. on the topic. The DVD has become the 'must have' item if you're a Irish music session hound. Some rough audio and low quality video for certain segments only add to the charm. Pour yourself a pint, tune your instrument, and sit back and enjoy the journey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Finley on January 26, 2008
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...or those who are interested in the real deal. You want real Irish, this is it. There is something really stunning about this huge collection, something so anti-Michael-Flatley-in-little-bullfighter-jacket. If you're a hardcore fan of traditional music and dance, you'll know many or most of the people here; if not, it doesn't matter, you'll know 'em after you watch and listen. Don't miss it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By johnnie40coats on October 24, 2009
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I've seen most of the episodes of Come West Along the Road on telly back home, so there wasn't a lot new here for me - still nice to have it all on a DVD though. For my tastes it's a wee bit heavy on songs, seems like there's a tune, and then a song, a tune and then a song etc etc. I suppose if you prefer songs you'll think it's a bit top heavy with tunes! Fun spotting the younger versions of well known musicians (a very young Martin Hayes with short hair, or Kieran Hanrahan with Stockton's Wing). With all the wealth of material RTE has in their archives, it'd be nice if they put out a lot more of these, maybe with themes, such as "songs", "Sliabh Luachra", fleadh cheoil na heireann", etc, etc. Just a thought...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine P. Zigman on July 9, 2008
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Others have given five gold stars to this DVD - I would like to add my own. This is an opportunity to open a window and view traditional Irish music and dancing as it was done by groups of people and individuals who dance for the pure enjoyment of it. It is not done by professionals, but by ordinary, every day citizens of "Erin's Green Isle". My hat is off to the Irish public television station who went out and recorded this bit of Irish life. I highly reconmmend this DVD - my guess is you will not be able to resist getting out of your easy chair and dancing along with the Irish folk.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Odonnell on February 8, 2009
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Purchased for my parents who are both from Ireland and lkove Irish music. The only problem is they wont stop watching it. Excellent
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael on September 21, 2008
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If you are fanatical about real Irish traditional music and have Irish roots, this is a must have DVD. This is to say, if this is not your genre, if you are looking for more modern Irish or Celtic Music, if you have no roots connection with Irish traditional music, you may find this DVD a mismatch for your interests.

If you are a fanatic, Failte (welcome)! This is as deep Irish as you can go. This DVD is a very large number of RTE television music broadcasts covering 30 years. Its highlights for this fanatic starts with seeing old black and white footage of pub groups playing and dancing to reels and jigs (imperfections but tons of heart), a young unknown boy in a pub singing in a perfect beautiful voice (whatever happened to him?), Tommy Peoples playing "naked fiddle" (solo) to absolute perfection, seeing the old Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny combination of Bouzouki and Octave Mandolin through several tracks with the Bothy Band and Planxty, Seeing a young Matt Molloy in his prime playing fast and fluid flute, seeing an old man doing a lively step dance marathon with a pleasant smile on his face to Wren Boys - St Stephens Day celebration music, seeing an excellent reel played by the old De Danann group, hearing Tommy Makem singing Farewell to Ireland, and Stockton's Wing playing a fast and furious reel with Tommy Hayes setting the pace on bones and bodhran (Irish Drum). Within 48 tracks, you are going to find at least a dozen memorable archival gems that are going to make this purchase well worthwhile. Some of our history is comprised of fond memories that are too precious not to be saved forever.
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