The first song is by an Irish group called 'Corrs'. Mostly made up of talented females. I watched 'Corrs' first on a MTV Unplugged show. I was very fascinated, especially by the drumming. I had forgotten all about them until a Tamil movie called 'Sakkarakatti' arrived. It had a song called "Elay" and there was a discussion on a bulletin board about the violin section in that song being taken from 'Corrs'. That made me revisit the 'Corrs' and I keep hearing this song often.
This is an Irish folk song and I see from youtube that lot more folks have covered it. The initial part, to me, sounds like Devamanohari. After the initial part, the song takes its own route. The percussion instrument which looks like an oversized kanjira and I love the way she plays it . The violin player is terrific as well.
That was an unplugged performance. Here is a standard electric performance of the same number by Corrs. That kanjira is replaced by normal drums and the piece sounds bit more 'rockish'.
Today I got a link from my twitter friend Praveen, checking with me if a certain piece was based on Kedar raga. (Kedar is North Indian counterpart of Hameer Kalyani.) It was indeed based on Hamir Kalyani. Unlike many of the fusion pieces I have heard recently, this one did not do fusion just for the sake of it. The orchestration supports the main melody very well and doesn't intrude. Very enjoyable piece which resembles 'humko man ki shakthi dena' in some places. The lady has a very strong voice. (I have no idea about this group. Any info will be highly appreciated. )
And if you have heard these two songs, kindly give this song a listen as well. A modern day Qawali from the same group as above which gave the Hamir Kalyani piece.