Album Review - Sean Walshe / Traditional Harmonica, The Wicklow Way

Harmonica albums of Irish traditional music are rare enough commodities and this is only the second one to feature here on TradConnect.  Sean has been playing music for close to 50 years and with the encouragement of friends and family he finally got himself into a studio to record these 15 tracks of some well know traditional tunes.  He is known as one of our finest players of the chromatic harmonica and this album shows just why.  We are usually so inundated with fiddle, accordion and flute albums that we may forget that harmonica players may not have that many albums to use as a reference point for learning tunes.  This album should help their plight.

Sean delivers 25 great tunes including some traditional standards likeThe Concertina Reel, The Job of Journeywork, The Skylark, Roaring Mary,  My Love is in Americaand many more.  Accompaniment on the majority of tracks is by Billy O’ Keane on piano and it tastefully supports Sean’s fluid style.  Several other musicians also add their support.  The playing is excellent throughout, clear and precise with ornamentation that you would imagine is difficult on such an instrument.  The tune selection makes it a very accessible recording for those that may want to study how to approach some of these well-known tunes on harmonica.

You can get a copy by writing to Sean. Sean Walshe, Ballinaclash, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.


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Comment by Jim on September 25, 2014 at 21:50

Here’s a Guy I have a few tunes with every year, when he come’s up from Wicklow.
A mighty player and good fun man, to be with.
* A Top Class Irish Harmonica Player .


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