An exciting duo that combine voice, viola, flute, fiddle and drone
The human voice and the fiddle are often thought of as musical cousins. ‘Solas an Lae’ (The Light of the Day) is the début album from Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin and Ultan O’Brien, a compelling exploration of that relationship, creating a unique dialogue that blends raw, rugged earth with the ethereal otherworld. In ‘Solas an Lae’, bouncing songs and strings off one another, Eoghan and Ultan have created a duo album that emerges viscerally from the sean-nós roots of upbringing to blossom into two of the most articulate Irish musical voices on the scene today.
Dublin-based with Clare and Connemara connections, Eoghan and Ultan have been playing together for many years in bands including Skippers Alley. Their involvement with Manx singer Ruth Keggin and with the international Gaelic project ‘Aon Teanga (One Tongue)’ took them to Highland Scotland, where they first recorded at Watercolour Music in Lochaber. “It’s hard to imagine recording anywhere else,” says Eoghan. The first single from the album is ‘Mo Mhúirnín’ a starkly beautiful rendition of 19th century poet Padraic Colm’s poem also known as ‘The Beggar’s Child’.
The song also gives the album its title: ‘Mo mhúirnín, we’ll go far away from the net of the crooked town where they grudge us the light of the day.’
Cúirt Bhaile Nua (WCMCD074) is released on Watercolour Music on October 29th 2020.
Solas an Lae (WCMCD075) is released on Watercolour Music on November 5th 2020.
New Video Cúirt Bhaile Nua Here
Eoghan Ó CeannabháinVoice,flute,concertina
Solas an laelight of the day
Ultan O’Brienviola, fiddle
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Skipper’s Alley are a new band mining the tradition for the best and the most intriguing material, and minting their own tunes in the spaces in between. And space is what defines this very impressive debut.
I have to admit that, although previously featured on Folk Radio, I am a tad late to this particular party, but Skipper’s Alley was worth it. Their album The Oul Fip was released in digital format back in November of last year and the CD and vinyl versions in February. However, it is a delight whatever the delay.
This all adds up to an impressive and very listenable set, in which felicitous, subtle and well considered details reveal themselves with each successive play; one for keeps, that’s for sure.
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