Category Archives: 2010

fRoots Review of the Irish Sea Sessions 2010 CD

We are grateful to fRoots for publishing the following mini-review in their Jan/Feb 2012 edition

There's still time to buy the CD for Christmas … click here to order online for just £10 + p&p! The CD is also on sale to personal callers at Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office.

Songlines magazine review of the 2010 CD

We’re grateful to Songlines for publishing this in their Jan/Feb 2012 edition. There’s still time to buy the CD for Christmas … click here to order online for just £10 + p&p! The CD is also on sale to personal callers at Liverpool Philharmonic Box Office.

Irish Sea Sessions 2010 CD Now On Sale!

Please note: The CD  is available exclusively through the Liverpool Philharmonic Online CD Store (£10 + £2.50 p&p), and at the Irish Sea Sessions 2011 concerts (£10 + venue commission fees).

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The Irish Sea Sessions 2010
Recorded live at Liverpool Philharmonic
Cat. No. LPISSCD001

Friday 22 October 2010

The first ever Irish Sea Sessions concert recorded live at Liverpool Philharmonic on Friday 22 October 2010, part of Liverpool Irish Festival 2010.

With the atmosphere and attitude of a session, but in a concert hall, the inaugural Irish Sea Sessions brought together musicians from both sides of the Irish Sea to explore the shared music and special bond between Liverpool and Ireland in an electrifying performance of tunes and songs.

Featuring traditional instrumentalists and singers, and other musicians who started out in pop, rock and even punk, but have found themselves inspired by music from the Irish diaspora, this album is a unique collection of contemporary and traditional music that captures brilliantly the incredible atmosphere of the inaugural sessions of 2010.
The Irish Sea Sessions 2010 crew:

Terry Clarke-Coyne flutes,whistles
Eimear McGeown flutes
Lizzie Nunnery vocals, guitar
Damien Dempsey vocals, guitar
Ian Prowse vocals, guitars
David Munnelly button accordion, piano
Becky Taylor uillean pipes,whistles
Bernard O’Neill music director, double bass, piano
Carlene Anglin fiddle
Colette O’Leary piano accordion
Graham Dunne acoustic guitar
Niamh Parsons vocals
Alan Burke vocals, guitar
Gino Lupari bodhran, percussion, vocals

Recorded and mixed by Toby Mills
Executive Producer Simon Glinn
Track listing:

Does This Train Stop On Merseyside / The Red Haired Lass / The Merry Blacksmith
Fear a Bhata
The Other Side / Tripping Down The Stairs
Yaller Girls
I Wish I Was Back In Liverpool
Mangersta Beach / Ostinellis / Captain Sig Of The 2-2-6 / Beoga
England Loves A Poor Boy (The Ballad of Ernest Marke)
The Blackbird Set
The Mountains Of Mourne
Paddy Cronin / Tickle Her Leg / The Chicken That Made The Soup
Sing All Your Cares Away
Newly Mowed Meadows / The Abbey / The Dublin Reel / Noel Hills

Irish Sea Sessions 2010: CD Release

A CD of the live recording of the 2010 Irish Sea Sessions at Liverpool Philharmonic is being produced. It will be sold at the 2011 Irish Sea Sessions performances, and through this website.

A rousing set of reels …

Just before the finale of The Irish Sea Sessions 2010, which featured Lizzie Nunnery leading everyone in a rendition of The Leaving of Liverpool, this storming set of reels brought the house down! The tunes are Newly Mowed Meadows, The Abbey Reel, The Dublin Reel, and The Sandmont Reel.

Ian Prowse ~ “Does This Train Stop On Merseyside?”

The opening number of the Irish Sea Sessions 2010

Niamh Parsons ~ Fear a’ Bhàta

From the Irish Sea Sessions 2010, Niamh sings Fear a’ Bhàta (The Boatman)

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 22 October 2010.


Announcements about the Irish Sea Sessions 2011 will be made in mid-March.




The Making of the Irish Sea Sessions 2010

In the first of a series of video clips from the Irish Sea Sessions 2010, here’s a short documentary about the making of the project.


More soon!


The Irish Sea Sessions 2010

The Irish Sea Sessions 2010 took place in Liverpool 20 – 22 October, devised, produced and presented by Liverpool Philharmonic as part of Liverpool Irish Festival. We will bring you images, audio and video of the project here in due course, as well as news on the Irish Sea Sessions 2011.

You can download the Press Reviews  here: 2010 Irish Sea Sessions Reviews

You can download the Programme here: 2010 Irish Sea Sessions Programme

The 2010 Irish Sea Sessioneers were ~

Bernard O’Neill (Musical Director)
Alan Burke
Naimh Parsons
Graham Dunne
Carlene Anglim
Gino Lupari
Becky Taylor
Colette O’Leary
Eimear McGeown
Damien Dempsey
Dave Munnelly
Ian Prowse
Terry Coyne
Lizzie Nunnery

Exec Producer: Simon Glinn

Tech Producer: Toby Mills