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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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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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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.
As a large family of seven sisters and two brothers we loved listening to the wireless as often as possible with our mother and father
it was always RTE. The many great varieties of singers and musicians and the skill in which they played and sang filled our hearts with joy and exaltation,music that will never be forgotten. Thank you