New recordings from Tipperary musicians

Two CD’s by two highly accomplished female  artists were launched at the recent Willie Clancy summerschool in Miltown Malbay, Co.Clare .’AIR TIME(airs for the low tin whistle) by Fiodhna Gardiner consists of a wide  selection of Irish, Scottish and newly composed airs played on  a variety of low and soprano whistles.The recording is a debout work which also features contributions from various celebrity musicians including ‘pater noster’ Bobby Gardiner on the beautiful air ‘Easter Snow’. The album was recorded and produced by Seamie O Dowd (formerly of Dervish/ Martin O Connor band)at ‘Sun Street studios’, Tuam, Co. Galway and it also includes 3 complimentary vocal tracks(an buachaillin donn, the Mall of Lismore and Sean O Riada’s the banks of Sullane) sung by Dervish’s Cathy Jordan.So to summarise ‘a must have cd’ for anyone vaguely interested in timeless, beautiful music !                                                                  The Boruma Trio’s recording ‘Gleas’ is another first time recording by a trio of highly respected musicians! The band consists  Eileen O Brien(fiddle,vila, vocals),Andrew Mac Namara-accordion and Geraldine Cotter(piano and tin whistle).This unique recording showcases the musical and stylistic connections linking North Tipperary and East Clare.Besides the virtuosic renditions of insttrumental music, the album also includes 2 vocal tracks by Eileen O Brien(Fair and tender ladies, the mountains of Pomeroy)Both albums are highly recommended and are exemplary in the broad range and diversity of traditional music in 21st. century Ireland. Both albums are available from McQuaid’d mussic

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