Category Archives: 2011

R2 Review of Irish Sea Sessions 2011 in Liverpool

We are very grateful to Sean McGee and his excellent publication R2 for this review by Colin Hall of the Liverpool event in 2011, (and for giving superb coverage to good music from Liverpool and Ireland in the magazine at all times!)

Alan Burke sings Belfast Mountains

Alan sings a stunning version of this 200+ year old broadside ballad, that links Cheshire and Belfast’s Black Mountain, and includes a new verse especially for Irish Sea Sessions 2011. Followed by a set of tunes: The Mist Covered Mountain, Dara Murphy’s, and Munster Buttermilk.

Irish Sea Sessions 2011: Heart As Big As Liverpool

Dedicated to Cherith Watson, this version of Pete Wylie’s classic is best viewed at 720 dpi HD, with the volume turned UP!

Jennifer John sings Tupelo Honey

Watch this at 720 dpi with the volume up …

Damien Dempsey sings Go To Sea No More

Best watched at 720 dpi, full screen, with the volume turned UP^^^ !!!! Damien takes this great old shanty, previously championed by Luke Kelly amongst others, and batters it into brilliance!

The Making of the Irish Sea Sessions 2011

Film-maker John Scotland worked with Liverpool Philharmonic’s media producer Stuart Almond to make this short documentary on the prepaprations for the 2011 Irish Sea Sessions.

John is now working on some live concert footage from Irish Sea Sessions 2011, which we will bring to you early next year.

Irish Sea Sessions 2011 – the reviews

As with 2010, we have made the reviews available as an Adobe Acrobat file for download: the link is below.
2011 Irish Sea Sessions Reviews

If you’ve not bought the 2010 CD, you can get it online for just £10 + p&p by clicking here

Belfast Ulster Hall, 22nd October 2011

We were delighted to get the chance to present the 2011 Irish Sea Sessions at the Ulster Hall as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens. There was a great crowd, and a few faces over from Liverpool too, and they really got behind the musicians, and ended up with a raucous standing ovation nearly as loud as that in Liverpool the previous night. Many thanks to everyone who came along, and to the Festival and the Ulster Hall, to Paul McErlane for these photos, and to Erinn McMahon for lots of help.

The Belfast Telegraph awarded 4 stars in its review …

And so it came to pass … Liverpool, 21st October 2011: Mark McNulty’s photos

A huge crowd at Liverpool Philharmonic welcomed the Irish Sea Sessions 2011. Mark McNulty brought his camera mastery to the event too … we’ve just received these and are uploading them from backstage at the Ulster Hall …

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Download the Irish Sea Sessions 2011 Programme!

You can now download a pdf of the free programme in advance of this weekend’s concerts, here ~ 2011 Irish Sea Sessions Programme

Compiled overnight, there may be odd typo, and there may be some changes yet to the set. A couple we’ve spotted: “Hope” should read “Home”, and “Sliabh mBan” should be “Sliabh na Mban” !