Celtic On Demand


Live music and conversation with Celtic artists and A Celtic Sojourn host Brian O'Donovan

ListenKaran Casey, Buille, and John Spillane (2:59)

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Brian O'Donovan welcomes singer/songwriter Karan Casey (shown), Irish folk band Buille, and singer/songwriter John Spillane to the WGBH studios for a live concert.

ListenEileen Ivers (1:03)

Fiddler Eileen Ivers gained fame in the late 1990s as the star fiddler of the original Riverdance cast. Representing the US, she has won nine all-Ireland fiddle championships, a 10th on tenor banjo, and more than 30 championship medals, becoming one of the most awarded musicians ever to compete in such competitions. Here, Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, perform a blend of traditional Irish fiddle and world music.

ListenRobbie O'Connell (1:00)

Growing up in County Waterford, Ireland, singer/songwriter Robbie O'Connell was surrounded by traditional Irish music and musicians (his four uncles made up the Irish folk music singing group the Clancy Brothers). O'Connell began to play guitar and sing at age 13 and never looked back. Here, O'Connell is joined by fiddler George Keith and flutist Shannon Heaton.

ListenAltan (57:20)
Traditional band Altan plays the Scottish-influenced music of County Donegal, Ireland.

ListenRandal Bays and Daithi Sproule (1:02)
American fiddler and guitarist Randal Bays performs with guitarist and singer Daithi Sproule, a native of Derry, Northern Ireland.

ListenPaul Brady (1:02)
Born and raised in Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, singer/songwriter Paul Brady performs some of his best-known songs.

ListenChildsplay (1:03)
Childsplay, made up of more than two dozen musicians from the US and Europe, performs fiddle tunes from Ireland, Finland, and Brittany.

ListenCrooked Still (59:13)
Boston-based folk group Crooked Still and fiddle band Halali perform.

ListenDervish (1:05)
Sligo-based band Dervish performs traditional Irish tunes.

ListenThe Duhks (1:02)
The Duhks play their Celtic-influenced brand of folk in this performance hosted by Folk on WGBH's Brad Paul.

ListenLunasa (1:47)
The quintet Lunasa, one of Ireland's finest all-instrumental traditional bands, performs.

ListenDougie MacLean (59:08)
Scottish singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dougie MacLean performs his latest songs and old favorites.

ListenNatalie MacMaster (1:11)
Natalie MacMaster, a fiddler from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, performs with her band.

ListenTony McManus (1:00)
Celtic folk guitarist Tony McManus, born in Paisley, Scotland, showcases his jazz-flavored, improvisational style.

ListenAine Minogue (1:00)
Born in Borrisokane, County Tipperary, Ireland, Celtic harpist Aine Minogue performs and talks about the Celtic origins of Halloween.

ListenCarol Noonan (58:26)
Singer/songwriter Carol Noonan performs Irish, English, and American traditional songs.

ListenLiam O'Maonlai (38:31)
Lead singer of the Irish rock band the Hothouse Flowers, Liam O'Maonlai sings, plays solo piano, and talks about his career.

ListenSolas (1:00)
Solas incorporates elements of traditional Irish, American folk, and bluegrass music.

ListenDave Webber and Anni Fentiman (58:07)
Singers Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman perform traditional English songs and original compositions.