Andrew Finn Magill releases 'Roots', the first in a series of new albums

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'Roots' is the first of a series of albums that will be released in 2016 by Andrew Finn Magill, a fiddle player from Asheville, North Carolina. The albums will chart Magill’s musical progression in Irish music, featuring the tunes and players that defined his earliest years playing the fiddle: John Doyle, Cillian Vallely (Lúnasa), Sean Earnest (The Yanks), Duncan Wickel and Vincent Fogarty (The Red Wellies). Recorded in three studios on two continents, the music is ‘pure drop’ Irish with sparse instrumentation and innovative arrangements.

From the lively set of reels that opens the album, the listener is treated to brilliant and respectful renditions of much-loved jigs, hornpipes & reels, as well as some rarely-heard gems such as a beautiful setting of the set dance, “The Blackbird” the slow air, “Roisin Dubh,” and Carolan’s “Maurice O’Connor’s Third Air.” The album ends with a rolling, powerhouse set of reels sure to get any Irish music fan’s blood pumping.

Our sample track from the album includes the tunes Tom of the Red Hills / Tom Ward's Downfall / The Western Lasses. Finn says that “this haunting first tune by Ed Reavy is in one of my favorite keys, G minor. Tom Ward's Downfall I first heard Vinnie Kilduff play on a Gerry O'Connor album and The Western Lasses I am convinced is actually an older three-part version of the classic four-parter The Graf Spee. The track features Finn on fiddle and Sean Earnest on guitar.

On the idea of releasing a series of albums Finn said : “I play many different genres and always wanted to do a project which showed my different musical sides. Releasing separate discs allows me to focus more on the respective genre of each, as opposed to doing one album that is a mish-mash of everything I do. Also I really want to show how my music has evolved and the ‘series idea’ means I can release a third album later showing how Branches has evolved into...(title still in progress!). Irish traditional is the inspiration for both albums however.”

As a traditional fiddler Finn’s music has been receiving high praise indeed. Regarding this album, fiddler Martin Hayes says that it is a “fully authentic representation of the tradition that could just as easily have come from Co. Clare or Sligo except that it’s all the way from Asheville, North Carolina” Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan says that it “shows a great depth and understanding of traditional Irish music... a timeless album of Irish fiddle music.”

Finn grew up immersed in music, spending every summer at the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops learning fiddle from some of the finest folk musicians in the world. “My earliest influences were Tony Linnane, James Kelly, Brian Conway, and Seamus Connolly and my sound nowadays is surely influenced by some of my ongoing fiddle mentors such as Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, John Daly, and Liz Knowles.”

By age 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland Championships and he is equally proficient in several American folk idioms such as old-time and bluegrass. He has toured France with the popular Celtic music & dance revue, Celtic Dances, under the musical direction of Liz Knowles & Kieran O’Hare, and produced a Fulbright-MtvU- funded concept album, Mau a Malawi, about those affected by AIDS with Malawian Afro-vibes artist Peter Mawanga. He currently resides in in Rio de Janeiro, where he is a sought-after violinist in Brazilian styles and leads O Finno, his own quartet of choro musicians.

Roots is 100% for trad-o-philes, he says. “The arrangements are deliberately sparse and the instrumentation is usually never more than fiddle and an accompanist. In fall 2016, Finn will release Branches, the sequel to Roots, which integrates Finn’s traditional Irish musical foundations with his many other influences in ten original compositions. Branches combines lots of instruments and musicians under a loose banner of "Irish trad." Track by track it gets more adventurous.”


Roots is on release today and you can purchase the album from Bandcamp and also from


The album is available as a free download for broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre.


The Musicians & Engineers


John Doyle, Sean Earnest, Paul McKenna, Séan Gray, Cillian Vallely, Colin Farrell, Duncan Wickel, Vincent Fogarty, David Brown, Dan Iannucci, Micah Thomas, Grant Gordy, Chris Rosser, Danny Littwin, Joel Kerr


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