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« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2017, 07:42:19 PM »

Ordered mine June 12th but have not received it yet. I know that M is not all happy about the service from Pledge for this album. I don't do downloads unless it is the only thing available.
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« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2017, 05:21:33 PM »

I prefer physical copies to downloads in most cases.

Shipping here is pretty insane though and I really can't tell the difference between a CD track and a properly ripped MP3-320.

Mine is on the way, but with cross-border shipping, it could be another week or two before it gets here.
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« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2017, 06:04:17 PM »

Here's the transcript of an interview Máiréad did with 67 Music regarding her family album, Devil's Bit Sessions as well as her violin line:

http://www.67music.net/features/mairead-nesbitt-talks-about-devils-bit-sessions/


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Some of the interesting points from the interview:
- It sounds like her original plan was to just do Hibernia, but then was inspired to do a family album too
- As the title suggests, it's a "session" type album that was recorded live over a single weekend ... like a "1-mic, 1-take" kind of deal
- Over the years, the Nesbitt family basically put all the tunes they accumulated over the years in a dropbox and chose 19 of them
- For the group numbers, there were up to 14 people playing at the one time
- There was at least one non-family member (an honorary member) in some of the songs: Eoghan Ó’ Neill, on acoustic bass
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« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2017, 12:00:26 AM »

I got my physical copy of Hibernia in the mail!

The sleeve and insert are gorgeous!

I downloaded all the tracks from PledgeMusic the day they became available, so I already knew the music was great. I'll have to think of the best way to listen to the physical CD. The 5.1 speakers connected to my PC are good, but the optical drive in my computer is noisy. My car speakers seem to start clipping (or at least giving off noticeable distortions ... sounds like loud vibrating) even at very reasonable volumes.

My best bet at home is usually to rip a CD and play back the digital copies instead, but I'll give it a whirl in my car (the signed jacket will be staying safely at home, of course).

In other news, I finally got around to creating a Devil's Bit Sessions page on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devil%27s_Bit_Sessions

It still needs quite a bit of work. I'm hoping to add a few track notes (ie. arrangers, composers) this week. If you have any other suggestions or info I can use to beef up the article, please let me know.

It looks like I left the Hibernia article basically a skeleton for a while, so I'll need to invest some time in that as well. Again, any advice or corrections are very welcome.

Thanks.
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« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2017, 06:13:41 PM »

Last week I received a message from Máiréad saying that she was sending out a copy of the album for me because of the mix up with pledge where I never got it. I checked my mail today and there was an envelope from her. She sent a signed copy of the album as well as a copy of the dvd and a personalized card thanking me for the support and apologized for the mix up. She’s so sweet.

Thank you Máiréad.
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« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2017, 03:39:42 PM »

Very cool, CFC!  Small-violin Did get my copy at long last so now have both. Of the two I like Hibernia better but DBS is quite good as well.
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« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2017, 01:13:16 AM »

They're both quite different from other albums I've heard and they're also very different from each other.

From a purely musical standpoint, I preferred Hibernia.

Devil's Bit Sessions was a really unique experience and I enjoyed it greatly.

She certainly covered a lot of ground with those two albums, maybe as much ground as she covers on stage during a show.  Grin

There's such a tremendous variety of styles, techniques, and stories between those two albums. There's something for everyone!

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« Reply #22 on: January 28, 2018, 02:42:49 AM »

Oooooookay.

So I logged on to Wikipedia tonight and found a nice little present. The auditors removed my Devil's Bit Sessions page.

Here's the note they left:

Non notable album by a non notable group.

Non-notable group. Umm, how about this...

With Celtic Woman, Mairead Nesbitt had:
- 15 albums that got to the top 10 in the Billboard World Albums chart
- 12 albums that got to #1 in the Billboard World Albums chart
- 2 top 10 albums in the Billboard 200 chart (A New Journey, Songs from the Heart)
- 11 albums that appeared on the Billboard 200 chart
- The debut Celtic Woman album reached #1 on Billboard's World Music Chart and occupied the top slot for an unprecedented 81 weeks.
- It remained there until the release of Celtic Woman's second album, 2006's A Christmas Celebration
- Celtic Woman remained in the top spot for a total of 112 consecutive weeks!!!
- A GRAMMY nomination (should have won)

She had a solo album (Hibernia) that was in the top 10 of the Billboard World Music chart and Devil's Bit Sessions made the top 10 as well. But I guess that's not worth noting at all...

Let's see. What else. She's appearing on Broadway with Rocktopia. She was an important inspiration for Lindsey Stirling, played for multiple US presidents, and ... oh yeah is one of the BEST VIOLINISTS IN THE WORLD / EVER!!!!

Non-notable??? That's completely inaccurate. Nearly slanderous!

What exactly is their criteria to be noteworthy? Does one have to be a rapper, spit out 50 expletives during the course of a song, and make music that completely SUCKS???

How about if one writes a song that was widely regarded as one of the most hated songs ever ... one of her subsequent songs that didn't even make the Billboard 200 chart at all has it's very own Wikipedia page! For one song, much less an album! Are you kidding me? I'm not saying that song (not the super-hated one but one of the subsequent ones) shouldn't have a page. I am saying if that deserves to have a page, there is NO WAY that they can get away with calling Mairead Nesbitt a non-noteworthy artist.

Obviously they don't care that it took me in excess of 10 hours to research everything, type it, format it, source it, test the links, cross-link it with other articles etc. They probably feel like they should delete my account and ban me for making them take 15 seconds out of their time to delete the page.

Well, there's definitely going to be more articles I wrote getting the axe. They'll probably go ahead and convert O Christmas Tree back in to a redirect to the main Celtic Woman page, because it makes WAY more sense to have a page that just redirects in a loop instead of having ACTUAL USEFUL CONTENT on that page.

Anyways, I dug a backup of the Devil's Bit Sessions article out of their archive, so if anyone wants to see what it was like before they removed it, here it is:
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Devil%27s_Bit_Sessions&oldid=793193866
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« Reply #23 on: January 28, 2018, 06:40:34 PM »

Hardly non-notable. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #24 on: January 30, 2018, 11:14:17 PM »

Thanks Tom for the back-up link.

You did a lot of work there and it looks very professional.
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« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2018, 01:44:52 AM »

Thanks Tom for the back-up link.

You did a lot of work there and it looks very professional.

Thank you.

Yeah, I thought it was formatted well enough and had enough content and relevance to justify its existence, but apparently not.

Anyways, I added the most relevant information and the chart performance to Mairead's main Wikipedia article instead.
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