10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters
This is a show divided into two parts: one a memorial tribute to Micheal O’Domhnaill, for nearly four decades a leading figure in the folk and traditional music of Ireland, and the other an airing of three major artists who will be appearing at the 2006 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, one of the foremost summer festivals in the Northeast, which places a strong emphasis on contemporary singer-songwriters. Through the graces of Falcon Ridge founder and artistic director Anne Saunders, we offered listeners the opportunity to compete for tickets to the festival.
Micheal O’Domhnaill died unexpectedly on July 8 in his Dublin home. He was just 54. O’Domhnaill was a veteran of the Irish folk music revival in the 1970s and one of its most respected musicians. He developed out of his family’s Donegal sean-nos tradition. He was especially well known for his work with the Bothy Band, which during its four-year run from 1975 to 1979 became a foundation for the revival of Celtic music and whose alumni went on to storied careers in Irish music.
Before the Bothy Band, O’Domhnaill played with sisters Triona and Mairead as Skara Brae and after the Bothy Band break-up joined with Triona to form Relativity with Johnny and Phil Cunningham and the ground-breaking Nightnoise, which melds Celtic music with jazz and New Age music. He also made two quintessential albums with Bothy Band mate Kevin Burke.
Falcon Ridge celebrates its 18th year on July 20-23 at a new location, the Dodds Farm in Hillsdale, N.Y.