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At the Crossroads

Irish Music Mix

Ep. 8

A simple show this week focusing on some of my favourite Irish music clips. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any comments, queries or suggestions: patrickcumminsmusic@gmail.com. And if you enjoy the show, tell your friends!

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  • 19. Talkin' Uyghur Music & Culture with Mominjan Rahman

    01:24:27
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    58:17
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    01:28:36
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    01:10:31
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    01:15:15
    Happy Christmas everybody! Here is a selection of my favourite albums released in 2023. The aim has been to stick to Irish traditional music strictly but, unsurprisingly, some exceptions have made their way onto the list.
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    01:18:08
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    01:12:21
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