When we review albums on Tradconnect the inspiration that drives musicians on is often referred to. More often then not it will include people like Willie Clancy, John Kelly, Séan Ó Conaire, Seán Keane, Séamus Ennis, John Joe Gannon and Seosamh Ó hÉanaí.  

Released as part of Gael Linn’s 60th anniversary celebrations, this double CD comprises a set of recordings of genuine Irish traditional music by these musicians, dating from the late 1960s. These were originally published on LP and tape by Gael Linn, in association with Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann.

Whilst we often refer to these great artists it is great to listen once again to their artistry.  The recording have been digitally cleaned up and you can fully appreciate their legacy.

Seoda Ceoil 1 : The artists featured are Willie Clancy (pipes and tin-whistle), John Kelly (fiddle and concertina) and Seán Ó Conaire, sean nós singer. When first released, the album boasted that out of a total of 29 items, 25 of had not been previously recorded and that the reel of 3.75 speed tape extended to 450 ft.! The recordings include 14 reels, 7 double jigs, 2 single jigs, 2 slip jigs, 1 fling , 1 slow air, and 2 songs.

Seoda Ceoil 2 :The artists featured are Dubliners Séamus Ennis (pipes) and Seán Keane (fiddle), Connemara sean nós singer Seosamh Ó hÉanaí (Joe Heaney), and Westmeath box player John Joe Gannon whose selection of tunes provides a welcome glimpse into the musical heritage of the county. Seosamh Ó hÉanaí's selection of songs from Connemara are a powerful testament to his reputation as one of the finest singers in the tradition. Séamus Ennis and Seán Keane are in top form in this very traditional recording.

The two CDs give us a glimpse of the pure style of traditional music as played by the masters in 1968-9. County, local, and individual styles and tunes are given pride of place. (The two volumes were part of a larger project which envisaged a total of eight volumes but only these two were ever produced.) 

The final quality on the two recording is excellent.  The songs of Seosamh Ó hÉanaí in particular have a great recording clarity to them and there are some great versions of tunes such as The Wind That Shakes the Barley/Drowsy Maggie by Seán Keane on fiddle. The music is predominantly solo and is a powerful display of what makes these giants of traditional music so important to future generations of musicians. A great reference guide.

To buy visit : www.gael-linn.ie

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