A Colossal Musical History of Ireland

Ron Kavana

Irish Ways (Proper PRDP4001, 2007)

Irish musician and writer Ron Kavana has put together a monumental project titled Irish Ways. The beautifully packaged boxed set includes 4 CDs and a 122-page book.

Irish Ways follows the history of Ireland and it took Kavana about 6 years to complete the endeavor. Kavana uses music, song and poetry to illustrate the different stages of Irish history. The CDs flow perfectly, like a book on tape, combining spoken parts (narration and poetry) with a musical soundtrack with captivating Irish folk songs and lively instrumental passages.

Kavana rescued ancient traditional songs that had been nearly forgotten in recent years. In the book he explains his creative process and how he eventually came up with the 4 CDs. He is accompanied by the Alias Band with special guest contributions by many renowned musicians, including master piper Paddy Keenan, Derek Hickey, Colm Murphy, Brian McNeill, Niamh Parsons, Éamonn Coyne, iamh Parsons, Gino Lupari and members of the Pogues.

 

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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