New CD release from Ossian Publications
Flute & Whistles
Fitzpatrick - Fiddle, Johnny Neville - 6 & 12 string Guitars,
Dave Hennessy - Melodeon, Colm Murphy - Bodhrán
About the album
It is a collection of some rare and almost forgotten music from
Co Cork and Co Louth, learned from Garry’s
parents over the years, along with a couple of contemporary
compositions. Much of the music largely originates from the playing of
both his grandfathers, John Walsh of Drogheda and John Joe Fahy of
John Walsh from Drogheda, taught many kinds of music, but
in particular Irish music on Flute, Fiddle and Piccolo. He would
travel around Co Louth and Co Dublin teaching anyone who was interested.
He was awarded a gold medal at the Belfast Feis Ceol in 1905. He had a
vast repertoire of traditional music. He was a member of the Drogheda
Brass and Reed Band, around 1912. And played with the Dominic Maguire
band in the late 1930's.
Joe Fahy, Skibbereen, played the melodeon and featured at
Dances and Fairs across West Cork when a young man. He uprooted his
family twice during the depression, having to find work. He continued
playing and like many an Irish immigrant musician that came to
Manchester, unknowingly laid foundation to a now thriving scene. He also
had a repertoire of old tunes and composed some lovely tunes himself.
parents left Ireland they brought with them a wealth of Irish music. “My
father would either play the accordion or lilt a tune, or my mother
would lilt a tune and I would simply copy it. Some of these tunes I
learned from a young age appear on the album, but many more tunes from
my family are safely stored. In fact my parents still remember tunes
from time to time, usually followed by a mad scramble to record them”
tunes were rarely played in sessions because very few musicians knew any
of them. It was talking over the music with Dave Hennessy, Colm Murphy
and many other great
musicians when it became apparent of the value of the tunes.
When the traditional music archive confirmed that they didn’t
on record, it made the project even more exciting.”
The album has been recorded with simplicity in mind, using
acoustic instruments only. The music is played with a natural, yet
modern feel and is refreshingly traditional. Some arrangements are
deliberately kept simple, to allow the true sprit of the music to be
captured. One or two tracks have no accompaniment at all, enabling the
true force of the music to shine through. Some have strong rhythms, thus
presenting light and shade between tracks and all have their own
identity and texture. The idea was to produce an album of clarity,
removed from technical wizardry. One that attempts to discover each
tunes past musical spirit, connecting that to the player’s
soul and bringing out the very essence of this fine music.
from Waterford. She plays fiddle and
is a former All Ireland winner.
guitar and is an accomplished singer / song writer from Cork. The one
time member of popular band ‘North Cregg’ is in great demand as an
accompanist and has made several albums with North Cregg and guested on
from Cork, is widely regarded as one of the best player of melodeon,
noted for his swing style. Has composed many tunes many recorded by some
of Irelands top players. ( Sharon Shannon etc) Former member of ‘Any
Old Time’ has recorded with them and on many albums.
from Cork, plays bodhrán with De Dannan
and is acknowledged as one of the best
bodhrán players on the traditional scene. His highly acclaimed
CD An Bodhrán was a best seller.
flute and whistles and was brought up in Manchester. Now living home in
Cork. His father is from
Drogheda and mother from Cork and learned his music from them. Both his
great - grandfathers, his
grandfathers and father played traditional music and much of his music
originates from the family reportoire. Has now completed his debut album
Uncovered on the Ossian label, which contains
forgotten but not lost music from Counties Louth and Cork.
Currently receiving excellent reviews.
effortless technique and great life. And so it goes, track after track,
and they get better on each listening”. Pat Ahern. The Irish Examiner
gem of a CD from the very fine flute playing of Walsh. Uncovered has a
gorgeous sense of warmth which permeates right through” Paul Dromey,
is fresh and clear with Walsh’s tremendous flute playing over the
album awe inspiring. The music completely speaks for itself. It truly is
Walsh uncovered. His first solo outing and no doubt not his last.”
McWeeney, Irish World Newspaper
“Uncovered is an album that salutes a great family
musical tradition and unveils some hidden gems in the process and Garry
playing marks him as an important new contender . Investigate”
Irish Music Magazine
received this album from Ossian and haven’t put it down
since” - Hammy Hamilton, Hamilton Flutes
Excellent. There are some wonderful tunes on this recording and Walsh has
great breath control and phrasing in a smooth flowing style.
” Brad Hurley, Guide to the Irish Flute, Montreal
This is an unhurried gathering of tunes tethered by Walsh’s rich musical
inheritance, and at the same time is unbridled and free -spirited when the
mood calls. His music
breathes free and wide with balletic poise” Siobhan Long, The Irish
is brilliant, great playing -
tunes - wonderful” Mike Harding , Folk On Two, BBC 2
An excellent debut album from Garry Walsh, with more to come I'd say"
Alex Monaghan, The Living Tradition Magazine
UNCOVERED is available from www.ossian.ie,
www.osssianusa.com, or http://www.celticgrooves.com
in the US.
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