Traditional Irish Music
Welcome to Tradconnect’s second Worldwide Album Launch. For these launches we are working with over 50 radio broadcasters globally, making new traditional releases available for immediate download through our Download Centre. For artists this makes an online launch a truly global event with radio stations around the world gaining immediate access to the album.
Brightest Sky Blue is the new release byTeresa Horgan and Matt Griffin and it includes 10 tracks of which one is instrumental. The album includes some outstanding arrangements of songs both old and new. Most of our readers will be familiar with Teresa Horgan from her work with Fullset who we have covered on Tradconnect over the years. Matt Griffin is a multi instrumentalist based in Dingle, Co Kerry. He grew up in London and relocated to Ireland studying Irish music at UL.
They met while in college in 2006 and started to play together at sessions and parties in and around Limerick. After college, they kept in touch and Matt eventually asked Teresa to come down to Dingle to do a few local gigs. About a year later, Teresa decided to base herself in Dingle and they got the chance to play together a lot more. “We clicked musically and built up a repertoire of songs we liked playing” he said, when we spoke to him in advance of this launch. “Recording them was the next natural step. At this point, we were both touring quite extensively with different groups. Finding time to spend recording proved difficult at times”.
This is Track 2 from the album. It's called Brightest Sky Blue. While Matt was on tour in Germany in 2009 he met Ian Smith, a Donegal based singer/songwriter who wrote this.
Matt confirmed that he had a background in String writing and orchestration. “I liked the idea of building a textured musical platform for Teresa's unique vocal sound,” he said. “Like any recording process, there is a degree of trial and error and you have to be prepared to throw away an idea if it isn't working out. I was fortunate to be surrounded by such musicality and every musician on the album creatively contributed something new on each track.”
On specific tracks Matt said it was fun to take a song like Cruel Sister and completely change elements of it. It’s a song they heard from Pentangle. “Our version, while preserving the story, is considerably different,” he says. “We enjoy changing the setting of a song to see how well it sits. Again, trial and error prevails, but it's worth it when we feel we have it right. The title track is another example of our tinkering with a song. Ian Smith's original version is fantastic, but once again we moulded it to suit our own musical style. I'll admit I was nervous and anxious to hear what Ian would make of it, but happily he seems to like it!”
They note Dingle itself as one of their greatest influences.”Dingle has an incredible music scene for any place, let alone a small town on the western periphery or the country. The area is particularly rich when it comes to singers. Artists like Pauline Scanlon, Éilís Kennedy, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Séamus and Méabh Begley can be heard all over town on any given night. This environment breeds creativity and collaboration and I think our musical journey would have been very different if we were based in any other place”.
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Teresa Horgan : Vocals & Flute
Matt Griffin : Guitars, Electric Bass, Bouzouki & Mandolin
Pauline Scanlon : Vocals tracks 1,2,3,7 & 9.
Tony O’Flaherty: Clarinet 9 & 10, Piano 4,5 & 9. Percussion tracks 1,2,5 & 8.
Kieran Munnelly : Flute tracks 5 & 8. Vocals track 8. Snare tracks 5 & 8.
Karen Hickey : Violin and Viola tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 & 10.
Alec Brown : Cello tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 & 10.
Niamh Varian Barry : Violin and Viola tracks 7,8 & 10.
String and Clarinet arrangements : Matt Griffin
Recorded at : Sonas Killarney by Tony O'Flaherty www.sonasrecording.com
Produced by : Matt Griffin
Additional recording by : Donogh Hennessy at Studio Mhic an Daill, Dingle and Peter Staunton at www.productions.ie
Mastered by : Ruairí O'Flaherty
All tracks arranged by : Teresa Horgan and Matt Griffin
Photography by: Tim Smith www.timsmithvisuals.com
Artwork and Design by: Lizzy Doe www.lizzydoe.co.uk
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