Review: “If We Only Knew” Aodan Coyne

Aodan Coyne is about to release his first solo album called If We Only Knew which feels like a very traditional, acoustic Irish music project. Coyne spends much of his time performing with Socks in the Frying Pan, but has also taken the time to put together this collection of songs.
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According to the liner notes on the CD jacket, he says he chose these particular songs because he believed they were “written with conviction and honesty by the composers”. They were also son “themes which [he] connected with on some level”. Considering Coyne composed two of the tracks himself and arranged all ten tracks – you can feel the personal stake in this album.
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These tracks are simple, folk-feeling. There’s no over-processing. No “rock and roll” elements. This is skilled and lovely playing of traditional instruments – guitar, bass, bouzouki and bodhran with added uileann pipes and whistles giving this project that haunting yet lilting sound so associated with Irish music. It does help that one track is actually in either Irish or Gaelic – “Ta Me Mo Shui”. The rest – though no less lovely – are in English.
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Coyne’s voice is rich and melodic – and trained. You can tell on “The Wounded Hussar” which is the closest track to a cappella. But I think the track I like most is “If You Only Knew”, which is the last track – composed and arrange by Coyne – with him doing all the vocals. You can hear the Irish lilt in his voice and how skilled he is on the guitar as well.

This may be Coyne’s first solo album, I doubt seriously it’ll be his last – let’s just say, it better not be his last. I’m anticipating a lot more music out this young man.

Artist: Aodan Coyne on Facebook and Aodan Coyne on YouTube\

Buy Album: Release Date is scheduled for Mid-September 2014. Now available during live shows in the US.

Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, and two dogs. She’s ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She has a well-rounded publication history in both fiction and non-fiction many of which can be found on

New CDs from Damien Promise, Pol Mac Adaim, Meinir Gwilym, Kirsten Allstaff

Damien promise - A Matter of Indulgence

A Matter of Indulgence
by Damien Promise
Solo debut CD by Damien McCarron of The Indulgers.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 1995

Our Dear Dark Mountain With the Sky Over It
by Various Artists
A historic album of traditional Irish music from the Sliabh Beagh region of Monaghan / Fermanagh. Featuring rediscovered music collected in the region during the 1800s, the album arises from the PhD research of Seán McElwain (Téada).
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2014

Another Day
by Pol Mac Adaim
I was born in Belfast, in the heart of the war often referred to as ‘The Troubles’ I began playing Irish traditional music at the age of 9 and through the years I learned to play in a wide range of genres, including Folk, Appalachian, Cajun, Rock, Soul and Contemporary. I play a variety of instruments ranging from tin whistles, Traditional Irish flute, Low whistles, Uilleann pipes, harmonicas, guitars (acoustic/Bass), Mandolin, Bodhran and general percussion. I also sing in lead and backing modes. I’ve been an audio engineer now for about 15 years and have been producing music for the last 10 years. I’ve been very lucky to have played in studios and on stages across Europe and the US alongside some of the world’s finest musicians from folk bands to rock and pop, as well as working with some great film, TV and Radio crews down the years. I regularily tour throughout Europe playing mainly my own songs mixed with some traditional Irish music. I’ve played on around 40 albums, mainly as
Genre: Folk: Political Folk
Release Date: 2012

by Meinir Gwilym
Best-selling Welsh singer Meinir Gwilym’s US debut CELT. A magical mash-up of folk, pop, celtic and rock.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2014

by Kirsten Allstaff
A blend of Irish and Scottish traditional music played on the concert flute.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2014

Review: Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead – “Irish Goodbye”

When this album and band came up, I had to check it out – and not just because they’re from Austin, TX. A band called Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead describing themselves as: Irish Punk Rock with bagpipes and balls? I have to know what this is, so I jumped on it.
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead is a five piece whirlwind of Celtic Music. They’re about to release their debut album, Irish Goodbye, in September. They sent me some pre-release tracks to listen to – to get a feel for what this band is all about.
They’re loud. They’re fast. And they’re tight. This is NOT your traditional Irish music. This is raucous, irreverent and exhausting (in a good way). This is high energy, fast paced, well-played music that will get you moving. The vocals are raw and primal but skilled and talented.
In the true tradition of Punk Rock, these songs are aggressive and rebellious with titles like “Bad Decision”, and” Rebel Songs” – it’s a clue we’re heading off the “traditional” Celtic music tracks. There are overtones of other styles, as well. “Kind of Wake” has a SKA feel (without the brass section) to me which I like. But they’re not just loud, tight, and raucous. Their song, “Samhain” is a haunting ballad with dark overtones. “Rebel Songs” is the other ballad-esque track with haunting lyrics. They also like to lure you in with a hint of tradition before taking off on a wild romp – like with “Russian Roulette” which starts out with classic bagpipes then kicks it up to eleven.

I can’t wait to hear the full album when they have it done.

Artist: On Facebook and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Buy Album: Release Date is scheduled for Mid-September, 2014.

Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, and two dogs. She’s ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She has a well-rounded publication history in both fiction and non-fiction many of which can be found on

MP3: “Tis Believed That This Harp” by Seraphina


Seraphina is a vibrant new Canadian ensemble made up of Susan Toman (celtic harp & harpsichord) and Dawn Bailey (soprano). They specialize in Celtic and Baroque repertoire, and enjoy fusing the two genres wherever possible. They’ve been praised for an engaging manner of musical storytelling, appropriate for all ages.

Band: Seraphina

Buy CD: Road to the Isles

Download MP3: Tis believed that this harp

Website: Seraphina

Hometown: Montreal, Canada

Similar Artists: Puirt a Baroque, The Broadside Band, La Nef,  loreena mckennitt, David Greenberg, Andrew Lawrence-King


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CD Review: Katie’s Randy Cat

Katie's Randy CatThe Self-Titled CD from Katie’s Randy Cat out of Toledo, OH is a short (Only 4 tracks) but jammed packed album that fans of groups like Dropkick Murphys, The Young Dubliners and Flogging Molly will enjoy

The album kicks off with a kicked up version of “The Irish Rover” filled with lots of accordion, drums, guitars and just general fun mayhem.

It then kicks into an equally kicked up version of “A Nation Once Again.” This is my favorite Irish Rebel song, and I always find it unique to see how many different ways this song is redone.

Probably my favorite track out of all four is actually the one that is the LEAST like the others. KRC’s version of “Foggy Dew” is a very slow and mellow but brought in a very strong and soulful way. I’d love to see these guys perform other Irish ballads in this way.

The album ends with what is pretty much a jam session which turns into “Drunken Sailor” Very fun to listen to….

Overall, a solid album that is worth a listen to. Should be fun to see what these guys come up with in the future!!


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