Traditional Irish Music
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Bryan O’Leary and Colm Guilfoyle set out the background to their debut album release called ‘Where The Bog Is’ in the liner notes. They state that “Ciaran MacMathuna made numerous visits to Sliabh Luachra where he recorded and collected the music of local legends Padraig O'Keeffe, Denis Murphy, Johnny O'Leary and many more. On one such occasion he managed to get a recording of Padraig O'Keeffe speaking, one of the only recordings of O'Keeffe's voice that we know of. When asked if he could describe his native townland Glountane, and where it lies, Padraig wittily replied.... "Where the bog is".
This debut was recorded in Tureencahill National School, not too far from "where the bog is". Bryan and Colm state that it “is an expression of our respect and appreciation for the music and history of our native Sliabh Luachra. Since we began playing together some years ago, we have had a shared interest in researching and playing our local music. We've also enjoyed hearing the yarns associated with the music. This album features a host of rare and not so rare music from the Sliabh Luachra area, music that we have acquired through original recordings and manuscripts as well as commercial publications such as Terry Moylan's ‘Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra’, and the renowned O'Neill and Breathnach collections.
We include below the last track from the album which is a set of slides called The Bicycle/Johnny O’Leary’s both of which they sourced from Johnny.
In advance of this launch Bryan confirmed that his recent Gradam Award brought him to the studio a little earlier than otherwise might have been. The idea itself came about from family, friends and fellow musicians suggesting that it would be a nice project to undertake and that it would be a great representation of the music they were playing at this early stage of their career.
“I decided from the outset that if I were to make an album it would be a duet or trio recording rather than my own solo album as that is something I would rather keep in the pipeline for another few years to come” he said. “Colm and myself had been playing a lot of music together over the past number of years with guitar player Gearoid O’Duininn. They had previously hinted that they would like to record an album at some stage, and this CD is the outcome!
The material for the album was a mixture of both old and new material. They included tunes that they enjoyed playing in recent times along with new rare material that they learned down through the years from iconic Sliabh Luachra musicians such as Bryan’s late grandfather Johnny O’Leary, Denis Murphy, Padraig O’Keeffe and others. They have also included music from some lesser known Sliabh Luachra musicians, nearly all of whom would have been taught by O’Keeffe. “Our big ambition was to get the balance and mix right between the new and older material that hadn’t been previously recorded.”
The album is now available to purchase from Bandcamp
For radio broadcasters the album is free to download from our Download Centre on Tradconnect. Just click on the icon below.
Jack Talty - piano
Brendan Begley - vocal
Ciarán O’Sullivan - banjo
Mike O’Gorman - fiddle
Michael O’Connor - guitar
Recorded at Tureencahill National School
Produced & Arranged by Bryan O’Leary & Colm Guilfoyle
Photography by Gearoid O’Duininn
Design by J.MacGabhainn
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