Trad. Irish Concert,N.U.I.G Bailey-Allen Hall, Fri. Feb.13 -E15
Wow,what a difference a month makes in the West of Ireland.
The Winter blues are fading fast and there is a welcome Spring in the step of most folks around this beautiful part of the world.This is the first time where I think that an upcoming event that I am going to recommend in advance,contains Traditional Irish music.Sometimes,I even surprise myself,however the fact remains that there is some logic behind this new-found madness.Allow me to explain..
One of the best new music releases of 2014,in my view,was a cd called TRADIVARIOUS.(available online from custysmusic.com)This contains music by 3 of the most talented fiddle players in the world at the moment.Here,I found something special that I had been searching for and failing to find in the genres of modern pop and rock in the last couple of years-i.e. passion,spirit and intensity.This cd differs from so many other Irish releases in the way that it covers a wide variety and breadth of musical styles.Never before had I found a cd that broke the restrictive mold that other Traditional Irish Music suffers from.
This combination of musicians are World-class and succeed in letting influences from other parts of the World add to the melting-pot,to produce pure,musical gold.Every tune here has its own,clear identity.No two sound the same and yet,the whole thing works as a masterpiece should,when you stand back after listening to it.The whole thing is full of beauty,there are fast jigs,reels and slow airs,every one is memorable and perfectly played in its own right.It is an instrumental album that I find myself singing or humming the melodies along to,despite the fact there are no vocals on the album?Thats how good it is!Sadly I have not seen this amazing,gifted combination of musicians Live..yet!However,all is not lost.
The upcoming Concert I refer to in the headline,is going to contain at least one of the great musicians who played on the TRADIVARIOUS recordings,plus a whole lot more of the very talented musicians and singers that could grace a stage in The West of Ireland.It happens to be a fundraising Concert for The Galway Fleadh Ceoil,Headlining is Máirtín O’Connor, one of the best musicians in Ireland. Along with Cór Chois Fharraige’s choral arrangements of trad. Irish songs and melodies under conductor Aisling Ní Neachtain. Also appearing will be Mary McPartland, Tommy McCarthy & friends, Sean Gavin & family, Lillis O’Laoire , Máire Pheter Uí Chonghaile and the Maigh Cuilinn group with National champion sean nós dancer Michael Seoige. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. That is one of the best line-up’s of talent that could possibly take to any stage in 2015,so rush out and get a ticket for 15 euro as they should be SOLD-OUT in no time.