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Five New Irish Bands You Should Hear

It's Saint Patrick's Day! Any list of the top Irish traditional music groups is bound to mention the Chieftans and the Pogues, right? Probably also Planxty, the Bothy Band and De Dannan, plus Dervish, Solas and Lúnasa. And don't forget old favorites the Dubliners and the Clancy Brothers. The only problem is the newest of those bands, Lúnasa, will be 20 years old next year. So what's been going on this century, or more specifically, over the last two or three years in Irish music?

Doug Richards Releases Long Awaited Recording "It's All in the GAME"

It’s taken fifteen years for the 2001 recording “It’s All in the GAME” featuring Doug Richards and The Great American Music Ensemble (aka GAME) to finally see the light of day. Doug Richards founded VCU’s Jazz department. He’s a world renowned Ellington scholar, he’s an accomplished educato,r and his arrangements for big band are unique and masterful. Legendary critic Martin Williams called him “the most original writer for big band since Gil Evans.”

A Different Spin

I know. It's just around the corner. That "holiday" known as St. Patrick's Day. And that's right, I gave the holiday some quote marks. I'll get to that in bit. But there's something else on the horizon for this week's World Music Show (3/12). And I'll get to that too in greater detail down below. But for those who require a quickie, or who want a just the facts, well then, here you go.

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