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22 years ago, a 7-minute performance of "Riverdance" at the Eurovision Song Contest caused a sensation that demanded a larger exposure to the world. As a result, the initial celebration of traditional Irish music and dance evolved the next year into a two-hour theatrical showcase of not only Irish dance and music, but additional cultural dances, songs, and poetry that has toured the world over (logging miles that could have taken it to the moon and back!).

Published in Theater Reviews

I Draw Slow
"White Wave Chapel"
Pinecastle Records

There is an interesting moment in a recent interview with Dave Holden, guitarist of the Irish band I Draw Slow, when he notes that in America their music is described as Irish, and in Ireland, it's American. The problem might simply be in knowing too much; the band may be from Ireland, but this is American music, drawing from the folk traditions of Appalachia.

Published in Reviews

From Irish drinking songs to Nirvana covers, Stickley & Canan explore an eclectic repertoire delivered in the American folk tradition.

Published in Music News

Heidi Talbot
"Angels Without Wings"
Compass Records

Here's how every review of Heidi Talbot opens: Talbot is from County Kildare, Ireland, and famously was a member of the Irish-American all-female supergroup Cherish the Ladies.

Published in Reviews

When Gaelic Storm hit the Pageant on Friday night, the Guinness and Jameson reserves were strained in ways the bartenders likely had not seen the likes of since the great Whiskey War Festival of 2012.

Published in Reviews

A large crowd turned out at UMSL's Touhill Performing Arts Center for a night of dance and music from New York-based Irish rockers Black 47.

Published in Reviews
Saturday, 17 March 2012 10:53

Joe Stickley and Sean Canan 3/17/12

St. Louis is known for its hearty Irish and Americana music scenes, but no group in town bridges the gap like Joe Stickley and Sean Canan.

Published in Live Performances

The Irish have landed! In a prelude to the St. Patrick’s Day celebration this Saturday, Gaelic Storm brought the feeling of a good old rowdy Irish pub to the Pageant on Thursday night.

Published in Music News

The Bob Dylan news site, Expecting Rain, reports that Jack Hardy has passed away at the age of 63. Very sad news.

Published in Music News

On Saturday night, Soulard's Mardi Gras crowd streamed into the Pageant, weary but hungry for more revelry at the sold-out Dropkick Murphys concert. The 4-piece opening band, Against Me! -- with its head-rattling rhythm, chugging guitars and politically pointed lyrics -- breathed a second wind into an eager audience.

Published in Reviews
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