'Decade', the long-awaited fourth album from Donegal trio Fidil available now on Raelach Records

Raelach Records are delighted to announce the release of Decade, the fourth studio album from Donegal trio, Fidil. Following a hiatus for a number of years, the trio of Aidan O’Donnell, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, and Damien McGeehan have reunited to produce an album that showcases Fidil’s enduring and dynamic artistic curiosity, personality, and individuality. Once again drawing on the rich Donegal fiddle tradition as a springboard for exploring new pathways for ensemble fiddle performance, Decade, signals an exciting creative development for the trio that combines original composition and less familiar Donegal repertoire with the inimitable Fidil sound. Using a range of fiddles exclusively, Decade showcases a myriad of creative possibilities that emerge when masters of tradition merge personal artistic curiosity with a deep-rooted and immersive appreciation of the musicality and musicians that have shaped the music of their region.

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Damien O'Reilly's 'Dúchas' Available Now on Raelach Records

We are delighted to announce that Damien O'Reilly will be launching his début solo accordion album, 'Dúchas', on Saturday, May 25th at 5pm at The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis during Fleadh Nua 2019. 

Additional Launch Dates:

 

Friday 7.6.19 – The Black Gate Galway (9pm)

Thursday 20.6.19 – The Cobblestone Dublin (9pm)

 

Album Musicians:

Damien O’Reilly – Accordion & Melodeon

John Blake – Guitars

Padraic O’Reilly – Piano

Caoimhín Ó Fearghail - Bouzouki

 

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Raelach Records Returns to the Black Gate Galway

Raelach Records Presents returns to the Black Gate Galway on Friday March 15th. The second concert of this series curated by Raelach Records will feature TG4 Young Musician of the Year 2019, Conor Connolly on accordion, Claire Egan on fiddle and viola, and Mick Conneely on Greek bouzouki and fiddle.

Early Booking Advised.

Tickets available at:

http://raelach2.eventbrite.ie

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RECORD LABELS OF IRELAND (NARLI) RECORD FAIR AND ANNUAL GENERAL MUSIC (AGM) 2018

The NARLI Annual General Music brings to the table Ireland’s leading independent record labels for a real-time musical discourse about where music is at in this country. Right now. 

Preceded by a record fair from 5pm showcasing some of the tastiest new Irish releases, the AGM at 7pm will be conducted in sonic form, with speech relegated to the footnotes and the aftershock. 

Each record company will be represented in live performance, with their music and their images speaking on their behalf, in a discussion chaired by Kenneth Killeen, artistic director of the Improvised Music Company.

The minutes of the meeting will be streamed live and recorded for subsequent release by the NARLI umbrella organisation.


5PM @ IMRO
FRIDAY 7th DECEMBER 2018
FREE ENTRANCE

Diatribe Records
DotDotDot Music
Ergodos
Farpoint Recordings
Heresy Records
Raelach Records
Improvised Music Company
IMRO Ireland

Raelach Records Live at the Black Gate Galway

Raelach Records Presents: Jack Talty (concertina and piano), Shane Mulchrone (banjo and tenor guitar), Saileog Ní Cheannabháin (voice, fiddle, viola, and piano), with Mick McCague (guitar and bouzouki).

Booking advised.

Tickets available here.

We are delighted to announce the release of Shane Mulchrone's 'Solid Ground'

Raelach Records are delighted to announce the release of Solid Ground (RR015), the début solo recording from Mayo banjo player, Shane Mulchrone. Shane hails from near Ballina, in county Mayo. He has been playing the banjo for over 20 years and he cites John Carty and Tommy Finn as early influences on his music. In addition, Shane’s music has also been shaped by local musicians in Mayo and Sligo. Shane has taught at numerous summer schools and workshops nationally, and internationally, and he plays regularly at sessions and festivals around the country.

 

This excerpt from the album notes outlines some of Mulchrone’s influences and sources of material:

“The music on this album has been gathered over the years from many different sources, and is mostly associated with the west of Ireland. The landscape around this area inspires me; the mountains, the boglands, the rivers, the sea. This is my attempt to honour all the teachers, musicians, singers, dancers, and listeners I have met along the way”.

 

Solid Ground is produced by Jack Talty and Mulchrone, and features Noel O’Grady on bouzouki, Talty on piano, with melodeon player Heather Cole-Mullen guesting on one track. The album will be officially launched at a series of launch concerts in Dublin, Mayo, Clare and Galway throughout April and May.

 

“one of the best banjo records in recent memory…a must-have…’Solid Ground’ is an excellent album that I think every banjo player should own. Mulchrone’s playing is tasteful and inventive, and his sound is brilliant. But Mulchrone also shows great appreciation for the tradition in the way he’s struck a fine balance between contemporary oral sources and smartly curated historical ones. This is something that I think recommends this album to the traditional music community more broadly. Definitely recommended!

Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo

Full article available at: https://www.irishecho.com/…/mulchrone-albums-must-banjoists/

 

“I can hear many saying; “An album of banjo music?” No need for the question. The answer is: “Yes it is.” And it’s also damn good! Probably one of the world’s most unjustly maligned instruments in the hands of a master the banjo takes on new life and without doubt Shane Mulchrone is just hat – a man who not only knows his way around the instrument but able to give it multiple shades of both light and dark.

The album is called ‘Solid Ground’ and the origination and interpretation of jig and reel sets coupled to a soulful air and lively barn dances reflects that image. The foundations are solid, mostly grounded in the seat of traditional music from the west of Ireland, however Mulchrone adds his own imaginative expression and creation to build an album that’s aching to be heard.

‘Solid Ground’ is an album that will not only change the minds of many about banjo music but will ensure Mulchrone’s name remains among the ranks of ‘masters of their art’”.

Charlie Elland, FolkWords

 

“In an age when commercial Irish banjo music has drifted towards Celt-Grass this collection from Mulchrone reminds us of the joy that the banjo has been bringing to traditional music for nearly a century.”

Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin's 'Roithleán named as Nós.ie 'Best Traditional Song Album of 2017'

We are very happy to see that Saileog Ní Cheannabháin’s album Roithleán has been awarded Best Traditional Song Album of the Year by Nós.ie. Produced by Jack Talty, this recording features not just more of her much-loved sean-nós singing, but also showcases the depth and breadth of her talent as a fiddle and viola player, a piano player, and as a composer and arranger of tunes.

Though predominantly solo pieces, there is also a vocal duet with her sister, Muireann (Mongoose), duets with her brother, Eoghan (flute), her friends, Eoin Ó Beaglaoich, and Jack Talty (concertinas); and an ensemble track with Tim McHugh and Eoghan on flutes, and Marie McHugh joining Saileog on fiddle.

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