Traditional Irish Music
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Carry the Day is the new debut album by Dublin singer Aoife Scott. The album was launched this weekend as part of the Temple Bar TradFest, with a sold out concert in the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. As a member of the legendary Black Family, which includes her mother, Frances, and her aunt, Mary, Aoife has been building her name on the folk scene for the last number of years, and this release will add significantly to her growing reputation.
Earlier in the month we premiered Aoife’s first single from the album, called ‘All Along the Wild Atlantic Way’. “I can’t help but smile when I sing it”, she said. “It’s like my love letter to the west, and the west is really where my heart lies. (Apart from Dublin!). An Irish woman has spent 60 years in Canada, away from Ireland, and away from her home. She sings this song to herself as she waits for the love of her life, who has passed away, to return to her and bring her back to all the places they visited on their honeymoon... All along the Wild Atlantic Way."
“Myself and Enda Reilly wrote this song when he came to me with a melody, and the idea of writing it about the Wild Atlantic Way. When I heard the melody, the lyrics came straight out. It was written in 30 minutes at the end of a long writing session on other material.”
Aoife goes on to say that she started performing the song in early 2015 at shows around Ireland. “The reaction I was receiving was unreal” she says. “It became a song I could teach to everyone in the audience, and it made them happy and proud of our lovely little island. It was hard to get it right in the recording process and we ended up recording it 3 different ways. On the last version, I incorporated my brother Eoghan (who plays in my band) and my boyfriend Andy Meaney (who is a member of FullSet) and they worked on driving the song with two guitars - live. After this, once we had the bones of the song together, everything fitted perfectly on top, and it worked great. It was hard to get the pace and groove right, but once we did, it worked out perfectly.
Aoife has been performing on the music scene since 2011, after winning band competitions like the "BallyShannon Folk Festival Showcase", Vince Powers "Fast track to Feis" and others. “This really gave me a platform to start performing properly, and lead to the release of this album”, she said.
Carry the Day was also another “Fund It” success story, and as a result it allowed Aoife to make the album the way she wanted it to be made. The songs were developed over the last year or so, with arrangements sketched out before she brought them into the studio. “We started recording the album on Easter Weekend 2015, and the core band featured Eoghan Scott on guitar (Whirlygig) , Conor Lyons on bouzouki and bodhrán (The Bonny Men) and Michelle O’ Brien on fiddle. It is co-produced by myself and my brother Eoghan, and I think producing may have been the hardest element to the process. It allowed me the time and space to find the right sound and mood for the album, relying on my own gut instinct to drive the recording process forward. I found listening to my own material over and over again, the hardest part. It was a learning curve and I would still approach it the same way the next time, as I wouldn't have the album that I have now without it.”
Regarding the material Aoife says she would call herself a Dublin folk singer with traditional roots. “I think that this sums up the mood and sound of the album. It’s a selection of stories that I wanted to tell, from modern day female warriors to real life heroines from the 1800’s. It’s my own personal journey through life - referencing my lovely brother getting married on an Island, through to my own personal heaven in Dublin Bay.”
“Two songs feature my own personal stance on social injustice, with a cover of ‘What you do with what you got’, (Written by Si Kahn - made famous by Dick Gaughan) and my own newly written ‘We know where we stand’. The latter mentioning 1916, and wondering did the men from that time even know what their sacrifice would mean for this country.
Aoife is undertaking a tour to promote the album and you can catch her live at the following venues.
Feb 6th - Tigh Giblin, An Spidéal, Galway
Feb 13th - Duncairn Centre, Belfast
Feb 19th - Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Cork
Feb 20th - The Gathering Festival, Kerry
March 4th - The Workmans Club, Dublin
For broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre, the album is FREE and all liner notes are included. Follow the link below.
Eoghan Scott : guitar, dobro and backing vocals
Conor Lyons : bouzouki, 3 string banjo, bodhrán and backing vocals
Michelle O’Brien : fiddle
Andrew Meaney : guitar
James Blennerhassett : bass
Floriane Blancke : harp
Eamonn De Barra : piano
Michael Gallen : piano (Track 6)
Cillian Doheny : banjo
Peter Browne : accordion
Additional Vocals : Frances Black, Mary Black, Róisín O, Martin Black
Recorded & Mixed : Michael Manning
Produced : Aoife Scott & Eoghan Scott
Mastered : Richard Dowling
Photography : Colm Hogan & Deirdre Keaney
Assistant Engineer : David Montuy
Graphic Design : Mark Nally - The Brand Idea
Recorded : The Cauldron Studios with ‘All Along the Wild Atlantic Way’ recorded in Sonas Studios.
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