Traditional Irish Music
Wild Winds is the debut release from London-based traditional / folk quartet Artisan Row. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by quadruple Grammy-nominated producer and musician, James McMillan and is already receiving critical acclaim.
Writing in the Irish Echo Dan Neely said that, “although its music is suffused with the familiar elements of Irish tradition, the players temper their overall sound with a range of influences and ideas to produce a fascinating and eminently listenable mix that will appeal to Irish music fans that follow contemporary style.”
Celebrating the timeless melodic beauty and strength of traditional Irish music and more, Artisan Row brings together four well-known figures from London's traditional Irish and folk music scenes: Conor Doherty (guitars, vocals), Elma McElligott (sax, flute, low whistle, backing vocals), Pete Quinn (piano, keyboard, backing vocals) and Karen Ryan (banjo, mandola, fiddle, low whistle).
They first performed together in this combination at the 2012 Ennis Trad Festival launching Karen's solo CD The Coast Road, which Pete and Conor both played on.
The quartet explores the full range of traditional tunes and songs, from effervescent reels to emigration ballads, using its rich textural palette to set the material in striking and ear-catching ways while always respecting the primacy of the melody.
This is the opening track from the album featuring the reels Doras de Rían, The Scolding Wife and Miss McLeod's Niece.
The first reel above was jointly composed by Elma and Karen during a rehearsal at Karen and Pete's house in Wood Green. While they were writing the tune, Elma's three-month-old son, Rían, expressed his enthusiasm by beating out the rhythm on the lounge door - hence the title! Elma learnt the second tune from their great friend, flute player Mick Mulvey, at a session at Cryans Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, The third reel is a tune which Elma recalled hearing at the Return to Camden Town Festival.
Both as solo performers and members of other groups, the quartet’s collective musical CVs include performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Glastonbury Festival, The Roundhouse, Temple Bar TradFest, Ronnie Scott’s, the Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as radio (BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, RTE’s Today with Sean O'Rourke) and TV (TG4’s Féilte, Geantrai, Hup! and Fleadh TV).
The album is now available from Bandcamp and is also available as a free download for Irish radio broadcasters that are members of our Download Centre.
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