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    Title says it all. I'm looking for some recordings of Irish folk tunes featuring mandolin. Preferably stuff I could find on Spotify.
    Thanks in advance!

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    Ye Vagabonds (Bri’an and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn)

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    Although they didn't use a mandolin all the time, and they were a mixture of Irish and Scottish, you can't go wrong with The Boys of the Lough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcc56 View Post
    Although they didn't use a mandolin all the time, and they were a mixture of Irish and Scottish, you can't go wrong with The Boys of the Lough.
    Scottish is good too! I feel like there's a lot of crossover there. I just listened to a few of their songs, my favorite so far is When Sick Is It Tea You Want. Very cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed McGarrigle View Post
    Ye Vagabonds (Bri’an and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn)
    Just listened to I'm a Rover, their version is very nice.

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    I suspect there have been times when the Scots and the Irish have come to blows, arguing over whether a tune's origin was Irish or Scottish.

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    Planxty

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    Early Dubliners.

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    Wolftones
    Last edited by vonbiber; Jul-01-2022 at 9:29am. Reason: removed bands without a mandolin

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    although mostly 1970s to early 2k - Mick Maloney was one the premier Irish mandolinist, Gerald Trimble though mostly a cittern player and mostly Breton music, also plays mandolin or his arrangements work on mando, and of course Andy Irvine solo or with Planxty, and though not exactly easy music - the Andy Irvine/ Paul Brady album is required listening for Irish mandolin players, why? because I said so.
    "Mean Old Timer, He's got grey hair, Mean Old Timer he just don't care
    Got no compassion, thinks its a sin
    All he does is sit around an play the Mandolin"

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    I think someone recently said never walk all over the singer with a mandolin, a bouzouki, octave, whistle…
    These guys do it all the time!


    https://youtu.be/dWDkzjbCHmM

    https://youtube.com/playlist?list=OL...b3k-aHVBynN_s4

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    Forgot Simon Mayor, he even plays Irish mandocello on occasion
    "Mean Old Timer, He's got grey hair, Mean Old Timer he just don't care
    Got no compassion, thinks its a sin
    All he does is sit around an play the Mandolin"

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    I’d second the recommendation of Mick Maloney. The record of Eugene O’Donnnell and Mick Maloney “Slow Airs and Set Dances “ has a couple of tracks with Mick on Mandolin and one on bouzouki , his guitar accompaniment on other tracks is very tasteful. Although I listened to some Trad before I found this record in a thrift store, it’s the record that really set me off on Trad Quest.

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    I can't claim to be up to speed with young bands from Ireland, but maybe try Lankum (used to be called Lynched), Beoga, Ye Vagabonds (already mentioned), Teada, Nuala Kennedy - especially with The Alt.

    If you're listening on Spotify you should find links to other bands.

    Younger singers like John Francis Flynn, Lisa O'Neill and Inni-k.
    Inni-k's take on sean-nos singing on he album Inion is very interesting, I would say.

    https://open.spotify.com/album/5KKhWoDwfhc7W8pAj0VxGX
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