In recent years, instruments other than those considered part of the tradition have found a way in and gained acceptance – an example of the ever-changing nature of the music and the climate in which they are played.

Their success or failure is often down to the individual performer and whether or not he or she can play in a way that makes a convincing case for that instrument.


Noteworthy are the saxophonists Keith Donald and Seamus O’Donnell, and dulcimer players Barry Carroll and John Rea


  • Keith McDonald on saxophone

    At the Edge of the White Rock

  • The West Ocean String Quartet

    The Blackbird

  • John Rea on dulcimer

    Roaring Mary / Tim Moloney