The Gloaming 2
With their second album (Real World Records / Brassland - 2016), Irish American band The Gloaming seamlessly blend ancient songs and traditional tunes with contemporary sounds.
Brigid Mae Power: The Two Worlds
Released on the Tompkins Square label on 9 February 2018 last, Brigid Mae Power’s third album "The Two Worlds" is a hypnotic collection of hymn-like songs graced with an eerie reverberation.
Ergodos Musicians: Songs
Introduced as a “record about our love of the song, the most constant of musical forms”, Songs (2014) by Ergodos Musicians is a delightful project exploring the shared dynamics between music composition and improvisation, word and music settings, vocal and instrumental phrasing. And the consistently contemporary sound of Songs constantly diverts the attention from the fact that the material covered spans eight centuries. After new interpretations and readings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music…
Brigid Mae Power
Following a series of self-released songs on Bandcamp, "Brigid Mae Power" (Tompkins Square - 2016) is the first studio recorded album by the Galway-based singer songwriter and visual artist.
Lá Lugh: Mál Bhán Ní Chuilleannáin /The destitution
Lá Lugh was a traditional Irish music duo from County Louth in South Ulster comprised of husband and wife Gerry O'Connor (fiddle) and Eithne Ní Uallacháin (flute and voice). Between 1991 and Eithne Ní Uallacháin’s untimely death in 1999, the duo released three landmark recordings - Cosa gan Bhróga in 1987 with flute player Dezi Wilkinson, the self-titled Lá Lugh in 1991 and Brighid’s Kiss in 1996. In 1998, the release of Senex Puer on the Sony Music label, a compilation of tracks from their…
Martin Hayes & Brooklyn Rider: The Butterfly
East-Clare traditional Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and New-York-based classical quartet Brooklyn Rider find common ground between the two traditions with "The Butterfly" released on 9 August 2019 last.
Martin Hayes Quartet: The Blue Room
In a musical context, the word "quartet" can point to a small group of four classical performers as in a string, a baroque, a wind, a vocal or a piano quartet. It can also refer to a small jazz ensemble consisting of a horn, a chordal instrument, a bass instrument and a drum kit. Released on 251 Records on 27 October 2017 last, [amazon text=The Blue Room&asin=B0761QVPGR] by the Martin Hayes Quartet flirts exquisitely with this ambiguity, while remaining firmly anchored in a traditional Irish…
Lisa Hannigan: At Swim
After a five year hiatus and several high-profile contributions to film soundtracks, Irish singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan returns with a gorgeous third album "At Swim" (PIAS - August 2016).
The Swell Season
The artistic collaboration between Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová is something wonderful to behold. "The Swell Season", a new intimate documentary revisiting the post-Oscar tour and ensuing emotional roller-coaster opens in Ireland on 6th December 2013.
Seán Mac Erlaine: A Slender Song
Currently involved in a multitude of projects - with contemporary folk band This Is How We Fly or with Cork-based experimental group Quiet Music Ensemble among others - Dublin-based woodwind instrumentalist Seán Mac Erlaine has also been devoting himself to improvisation and solo performance since 2006. Playing a wide array of free reed instruments such as the clarinet, bass clarinet, chalumeau, alto saxophone or a free reed Chinese flute, the musician complements and processes the sound…
Seán Mac Erlaine: Amhrán na Leabhar
O Vis Aeternitatis I only discovered Seán Mac Erlaine’s music a few months ago when I heard his version of “O Vis Aeternitatis” on the saxophone. It was one of those epiphanic moments when a piece of music resonates instantly. I was familiar with the piece from the 12th century mystic Hildegard of Bingen through the 1994 seminal recording by early music ensemble Sequentia [amazon text=Canticles of Ecstasy&asin=B000001TYF], but I had never heard it played on the saxophone. I immediately…
Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin & Ultan O’Brien: Solas an Lae
Recorded, mixed and produced by Nick Turner, singer Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and fiddler Ultan O’Brien’s "Solas an Lae" (The Light of the Day) was released on Scottish label Watercolour Music on 7 November 2020 last.
Slow Moving Clouds: Starfall
Formed in 2014 and based in Dublin, Slow Moving Clouds is a contemporary Irish string-based trio (violin, cello and nyckelharpa) exploring an Irish/Nordic repertoire. Following on from their 2015 début and released on 21 September 2018, "Starfall" is the trio’s second album.