At First Light – Michael McGoldrick and John McSherry (Irish folk music)

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Two of today’s top Celtic musicians join forces for an album that’s both delightful and inventive. Mixing traditional and contemporary material with glorious ease, piper and whistler John McSherry and whistle and flute master Michael McGoldrick soar with the kind of breezy freshness that’s all too often missing from Irish music these days. That’s perhaps to be expected from people whose pedigrees include the likes of Lúnasa, Donal Lunny, and Afro Celt Sound System, but the pairing proves to be even more natural and joyful than anticipated, as the two push each other further on “Ornette’s Trip to Belfast,” for example, and caress the melody of “The Bloom of Youth.” With some sprightly, sympathetic backing that never becomes overpowering, the two are left in the spotlight–and they shine perfectly. –Chris Nickson

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Weight5 oz
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Southern Fried Filk Charity Effort

Filker and actor Michael Liebmann passed away on July 26, 2016, due to complications from surgery. He was a native New Yorker who had lived in New York, in California and finally in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a graduate of California State University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Administration (Accounting suboption). He worked as a legal secretary. He was also a veteran, having served in the United States Navy from 1979 to 1984.

Additionally, he was instrumental in starting GAFilk, a filking convention in the Atlanta area which has been going on since 1999, and he was known as a vendor of filk and Celtic music at local highland games and Celtic festivals.

Read an interview with him here (click!).

Items sold here have part of their proceeds donated to the American Brain Tumor Association, which has been helping people fight brain cancer since 1973.

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