Traditional Irish Music
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A New Journey is the latest album by Iontach, and the first one with its new lineup. Founder members Siobhán Kennedy (vocals, flute, whistle, fiddle, concertina) from Dundalk, County Louth and Jens Kommnick (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, piano, cello) from Bremerhaven in Germany have recently been joined by Nick Wiseman-Ellis (vocals, button accordion, fiddle) who hails from Norwich in England.
The 15 tracks on this album take you on a journey from waltzes to reels, jigs to schottisches, and traditional to new compositions, providing you with a nice balance of old and new. The versatility of these three vibrant musicians also allows for a variety of constellations and the trio certainly optimised all the possibilities in their tastefully crafted arrangements. Resisting the urge to multi layer, with one sneaky little exception on the penultimate track, the CD is a live experience, and a very harmonious one at that.
This is Track 1 from the album featuring the tunes Paddy Fahey's, Ríl Eanach Mhic Coilín & The Ash Plant and Curlews in the Bog. "Born in 1926, Paddy Fahey has never made a commercial recording, but his tunes have often been recorded by many fine musicians over the years. He is well known for the fact that he never gave any of his compositions names which can lead to confusion if you're not careful! Ríl Eanach Mhic Coilín, also known as The Annamaculeen Reel can be found in Breathnach's Ceol Rince Na hÉireann Vol 2 (#194). It was collected from from flute player William Higgins, Mohill, County Leitrim in 1966. Nick learned it at a session in Longford from two wonderful local musicians Noel Sweeney and Jim McLoughlin. Siobhán discovered that an alternative name for Ríl Eanach Mhic Coilín is The Tyrone Ashplant, and thus the duel between these two reels came about. The final reel of this set was composed by another fiddle player, Connie O’Connell from Cill na Martra, Co. Cork."
In describing the music acclaimed accordionist Karen Tweed said : “This album sings out great love and passion...the material is gorgeous yet it is their subtle colouring through their arrangements that makes this recording jump over the rainbow, in playful celebration.”
Compositions from all three appear on the album, the title track being a waltz composed by Siobhán, and they are in good company with tunes such as "Only Viveka", a schottische by Karen Tweed, reels from greats such as Paddy O'Brien, Paddy Fahey and Connie O'Connell, a Junior Crehan hornpipe and a catchy jig called "Visiting Kittens" by Maurice Lennon also featuring. The songs range from traditional songs learned at school to powerful lyrics from the pens of Eric Bogle and Svavar Knútur and they have also been artfully arranged. Vocal harmonies sung by three voices that fit so well together have always played an important role in the Iontach sound, and evidently this tradition has been carried on with the introduction of Nick, especially in the a Capella numbers such as "Green Among The Gold" or "All The Fine Young Men".
Siobhán, Nick and Jens have lived completely different musical journeys, gathering experiences and ideas on the paths which have culminated in this musical partnership. It makes for an exciting mix of styles, and yet they blend so well with each other that one could be forgiven for thinking that they have a long history of playing together behind them. Their music is melodic and sweet, it's very traditional yet with an evident sprinkling of Scandinavian, French, classical and jazz influences. It's fresh and relaxed, steady and rhythmic.
In addition, they have produced an artistic booklet to accompany the CD, which is very informative on the material and their sources. Photography is by Dagmar Steele, the backdrop being the Deutsches Auswandererhaus in Bremerhaven, a museum dedicated to telling the stories of emigrants and immigrants and the journeys they took which all ties in very nicely with the title.
The album is also available as a free download for broadcasters that are members of our Download Centre. ( You must be logged into your Tradconnect account to access this link)
Siobhán Kennedy (vocals, flute, whistle, fiddle, concertina)
Nick Wiseman-Ellis (vocals, button accordion, fiddle)
Jens Kommnick (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, piano, cello)
Recording, Mastering & Mixing : Jost Schlüter, Pure Sonic Studios, Langelsheim
Production : Iontach
Photography & Lighting : Dagmar Steele/Rickey Steele
Design : Siobhán Kennedy, Jens Kommnick
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