|Green Linnet - Go Shopping
Altan, The Best of Altan
||bodhrán, bass bodhrán, Jew's harp, percussion, shaker
||guitar, high-strung guitar, backing vocals
||flute, backing vocals, whistles
||bodhrán, bass bodhrán, keyboards
|Anna Ní Mhaonaigh
|Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh
||guitar, backing vocals
||fiddle, backing vocals, whistle
claddaghrecords.com - Seamus Quinn
Seamus Quinn & Gary Hastings: Slan le Loch Eirne - Stories to Tell
The three first met in Coleraine University. Gary is now Church of Ireland rector in
Westport, Seamus is a Catholic priest in Monaghan, and Ciaran is from the parish of
Altan. Seamus plays fiddle, Gary plays flute and Ciaran plays bouzouki. This is
superb music, much of it based on the tradition of County Fermanagh where Seamus
grew up. These men had the same mentors as Cathal McConnell, the musicians of South
Fermanagh and North Leitrim. Seamus also has a special allegiance to the music of
Coleman, and the couple of slow airs included are based on the songs and style of
Fermanagh. It’s as good as you are going to hear.
Seamus Quinn & Gary Hastings, Slan le Loch Eirne
Living Tradition CD review of Seamus Quinn & Gary Hastings - Slan Le Loch Eirne
Traditional Music From East Clare - Mary MacNamara : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic
TRADITIONAL MUSIC FROM EAST CLARE
Mary MacNamara from Tulla in County Clare is one of the great concertina players. Her elegant
and subtle playing of the music of her local area is in marked contrast to the rushed playing
of many modern musicians. She is joined on some of the tracks by her neighbours PJ and Martin
Hayes, fiddlers in the East Clare style, and by Seamus Quinn on piano.
FolkWorld CD Reviews
For some reason or another, banjo players are one of the most hated species in traditional
music. (Only bodhran and guitar players come first.) Thus, banjo jokes have a wide circulation:
Éamonn Coyne "Through the Round Window"
7 4345 2; 2002; Playing time: 55.01 min
If you drop a banjo from a tall building, what do you hear when it hits the ground? - Applause.
Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka
once undertook a jetboat ride on a lake in New Zealand with a rather daredevil driver:
'Who wants to go down in history as the guy that drowned the two best banjo players?' A fellow musician replied `Well, you have to start somewhere.'
Banjo player Frank Godbey confesses: Enjoyment? Banjos are cranky, loud, obnoxious, hard to get in tune,
impossible to keep in tune, hateful beasts. But it's still something I have to do, must do, am compelled to do,
driven by unseen (evil?) spirits. Who says the fiddle is the devils only box? Banjo playing is not for the
faint-hearted, nor is banjo listening.
However, if you still believe in this prejudice, you never encountered Dublin-born
Éamonn Coyne (->
FW#14). He plays the tenor banjo
in a very elegant style, at the same time without denying the instrument's inherent wildness.
"Through the Round Window" kicks off with a jig written by Seamus
Quinn (-> FW#23) and
ends with a song from Éamonn's grandmother Ethna. Inbetween we are treated to a
creative interplay of traditional Irish tunes and American old-time music. Tunes from
different sides of the Atlantic; one played in Ireland that I am told is Scottish, and an
American old-timey tune. It's funny to see the tunes go back and forward across the Atlantic.
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