The Green Man Review: Roots & Branches of Music and Literature, formerly known as Folk Tales, was a traditional newsletter for more than twenty-five years, before turning digital. Their site is a consistently high quality source about good music (Celtic and English traditional, and related traditions) and really good books. (Thanks to Jasmin for passing the URL to me.)
This site dedicated to the traditional Celtic music radio program hosted by Fiona Ritchie includes background information, FAQs, and a section for listener feedback. There’s also a list of radio stations that carry Thistle and Shamrock (look for the button that says “On Your Radio.”
This is an amazing U2 site, with complete transcripts of every live concert the site creator, Michael Reiter, could present. It’s astonishing in its thoroughness and for its sly wit. The site is well organized and easy to navigate. It’s really a history of U2 that uses primary sources, the first site of its kind I’ve seen, though I hope others will follow Michael’s example.
This is a well done site, with scads of information about Ireland’s most famous band, including a very complete discography (with samples!), reviews of concerts and albums, links to other sites, a history of the band, and information about the music of individual members.
You may have heard and seen Gaelic Storm playing in the steerage of the ship in the movie Titanic. The first album, Gaelic Storm is a delight; you can hear it here if you have the free Real Audio player. Gaelic Storm play frequently in Santa Monica, California, and have Herding Catstheir second CD out. I quite like them, especially live and accompanied by a pint of pear cider.
Green Linnet is one of the best labels for Celtic traditional music. They’ve even posted a few entire albums in Real Audio format here. There are a few tracks to download in MP3 format here. Real Audio requires the free Real Audio player; you can download it from the link at Green Linnet’s site in your favorite version, the Celtic Macintosh, or the inferior, albeit ubiquitous Windows flavor. MP3 files can be played by QuickTime 4, free for Maintosh or Windows from Apple, or a variety of other free and shareware players.
Since 1987, The Celtic Trader has been a source for Celtic and Appalachian music, music books and small instruments. They have a catalog, a toll free order number, service with a smile, and a great collection of books and albums (CD and cassettes).