At the heart of Inman Square in Cambridge, tucked between Boston & Somerville, The Druid has become an oasis for traditional Irish music. Owned & operated by Mikey Crawford, a native of Ennistymon in Co. Clare, its connections to, & reverence for, Clare’s musical heritage are clearly evident as soon as you enter. Down through the years we’ve been lucky enough to have had some of the best Irish musicians either side of the Atlantic settle themselves into the corner of our establishment & play their hearts out.
The tunes & songs on this disk give a flavor of the many magic nights we’ve shared here. Recorded on a bright, cold & windy weekend in November, as we approached the Thanksgiving holiday, the music reflects the people & personalities, individual styles, the craic, & most of all – the warmth of character that has helped establish the Druid as one of Boston’s great Irish music bars.
We dedicate this recording to memory of our good friend & colleague Paul Conneely. Paul was a big fan of the music & our Tuesday night barman who made sure the revelry didn’t get too out of hand - Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam
Part of the proceeds generated from this recording will go to benefit several local causes within our local community & beyond.
We hope you enjoy it.
released September 1, 2017
All tracks recorded by Josh Dukes & Dylan Foley of Big Boy Productions on site in The Druid on November 20th & 21st 2016.
Mixed by Josh Dukes
Mastered by Sean Keegan
Artwork & Design by Mary Keane
supported by 21 fans who also own “Live at the Druid”
There is one Irish Trad session in our west-coast city with top flight players where the repertoire has recently changed to mostly play through the sets on this recording. Everyone loves this. Learning these will keep me busy for awhile. thomsonscottculver
supported by 17 fans who also own “Live at the Druid”
Fiddle player Caitlin Finley played for us back in the day at the Coatesville Traditional Irish Music Series. It took a while to find out she’d made a CD with flute & piano (also piccolo, pipes & melodeon) accompaniment but it was worth the wait! Check it out. Will Woodson & Chris Stevens are standouts, too. It’s nice to find a contemporary Irish CD I like start to finish. Frank Dalton