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Bill Ochs, 1946-2016
The Irish music world was saddened to learn that Bill Ochs passed away on October 5, 2016. There will be a memorial celebration for Bill on April 22, 2017, at 1:30pm at All Souls Unitarian Church in Manhattan (79th & Lexington Ave.). All friends are welcome.

New Micho Russell Double-CD

Available in N. America from: CD Baby, BCH, Ossian USA, iTunes, & Amazon

Ireland & overseas: CD Baby, Claddagh, Custy's, OAC, iTunes & Amazon

Micho Russell (1915–1994) was an Irish national treasure. A farmer who became a performer during the folk music revival of the 1960s, Micho was as at home on stage as he was in front of his own turf fire. His vast repertoire of beautiful old tunes, personal warmth and utterly unique approach to playing the tin whistle won him a loyal and enthusiastic following wherever he went.

This new double-CD titled Rarities & Old Favorites 1949–1993: Tin Whistle, Flute & Songs from North Clare & Beyond has been issued in honor of Micho’s centenary. The 92-minute album has forty-nine tracks, of which only five have been released before.

Selections range from humble home recordings made on simple equipment to professional recordings made using some of the best technology available at the time. The vitality and originality of Micho Russell’s music are the unifying themes that shine throughout.

The album begins with a rare 1949 archival recording of Russell made by Séamus Ennis and the Raidió Éireann Mobile Recording Unit on an acetate disc. Other highlights include recordings of Russell playing for house dances with fellow Doolin musicians, selections from an informal 1969 recording session at the home of English folk music producer Bill Leader, and tracks of Russell recorded at folk festivals in Germany in the 1970s. Studio and live performances digitally recorded on Russell’s last trips to New York in the 1990s are woven throughout the two-disc set.

This historic recording will surely be one of the most talked-about traditional albums of the year and will be welcomed both by the Clare musician’s longtime fans as well as by those who have yet to discover the joy of Micho Russell’s music. The album includes a 16-page booklet.

Available now from CD Baby, BCH, Ossian USA, iTunes, and others. Downloaders please note: the 16-page booklet is available only from iTunes.

"As good as it gets…a must-have for your collection… as near as you’ll ever get to being in the room with Micho Russell…one of the brightest stars ever to shine over Fisherstreet."Irish Music Magazine

"An amazing double CD collection of tunes… essential listening for all with an interest in the real thing… The Pennywhistler’s Press and producer Bill Ochs are to be congratulated on this iconic production." — The Living Tradition

"A bounty of glorious and often surprising music...it goes beyond what many people measure music by...and into the heart's core...Rarities & Old Favorites 1949–1993 will stand for the foreseeable future as one of seminal and definitive traditional Irish recordings."Dave Ferman blog

"A delightThis two-CD collection, released to mark the centenary of [Russell's] birth, lives up to its name." — Irish Times, 4-Star Review

"The definitive Micho Russell CD…The variety displayed in the forty-nine tracks doggedly traced from many sources has done the world of traditional music a great service." — Irish Voice

"A peerless collection of Russell's music…the greatest strength of this collection is its sheer diversity… not a "Best of"compilation of pre-published materials that fans often avoid, but a carefully selected and reproduced collection of material by a producer intimate with this music and milieu. It gives us a real insight into the life and music of the bachelor farmer and folk revival star – Micho Russell."The Journal of Music

"In all these selections, whether for a festival audience or a single listener with a tape recorder, Micho puts his whole personality into the music. There is a real inner enjoyment in his own playing and it is never less than wonderful…a great introduction for listeners not familiar with Micho's playing and for the completist collector, it is worth buying for the recordings that date from the 1960s."Musical Traditions

Acclaimed 1995 release available as a download from CD Baby & other sites

"Easily the best of Micho's recordings" — The Rough Guide to Irish Music

"One of the essential traditional albums of the year...a masterclass in the true values enshrined in traditional music...[the tracks] are consistently warmed by an intimacy that takes them off the stage and into the cottages, parlors and back-bar snugs where they belong." — Hot Press

"Consummately played traditional music. Moving and exhilirating." — Mojo

"In a tradition which produces many originals, Micho Russell was inimitable...These 22 tracks of whistle playing, singing and speech introductions stand as a radiant, vital memorial to one of the most joyful musicians in the Irish pantheon." — Irish Times

"[No other recording was] as successful at conveying [Micho's] personality and music...Ireland's Whistling Ambassador is the last testament from one of the giants of Irish music in this century." — Irish Voice

(Download customers get CD booklet here free)

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Ireland's Whistling Ambassador VHS Video NTSC format
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      • Item #3242
      • Total time 28:30; 13 tunes and songs
      • $19.95
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Ireland's Whistling Ambassador VHS Video PAL format
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      • Item #324p
      • Total time 28:30; 13 tunes and songs
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