Following the Swedish influence with the Sea Stallions recent album we have similar influences here. Karusell is the debut album from Brian Friel. Official release was on November 18th at St Johns Theatre Listowel,Co Kerry. Brian is joined on the album by friends and fellow musicians Kieran O Loughlin (Guitars), Mick McAuley (Solas,Box),Perry Stenbäck( Nyckelharpa,Dobro),Paddy Kerr (Bouzouki & Bodhran),Bert Deivert (Bouzouki).

Hailing from the North Kerry town of Tarbert, Brian Friel began playing at the age of seven. The young Brian was surrounded by traditional Irish music, and his parents, grandparents and great grandparents all inspired and influenced him as he took his first steps on his musical path.

His great grandmother Ballyline was a major influence, and his grandfather, a fine concertina player, taught Brian many of the tunes he learned in his formative years.

Having received a sound education in the basics in his musical home, his first formal musical education was by the late Mr Moynihan from Ballylongford. Like thousands of pupils before and since, he learned the tin whistle as his first instrument.

At the age of 13 Brian took up the mandolin and banjo under the tutelage of Willie Larkin of Templeglantin, a step that was to define his subsequent musical career.

Brian progressed quickly, winning All-Ireland titles on the banjo and mandolin alike at the Fleadh Cheoil Eireann, Ireland’s biggest and most prestigious annual competition for musicians.

Since sweeping the board himself, Brian has adjudicated many All-Ireland competitions on banjo & mandolin, and he has also taught at the Scoil Éigse Workshops at the annual Fleadhs.

A talented whistle player, music has brought Brian all over the world, touring Australia, the U.S.A, Japan, Signapore, Europe and Scandanavia.

In that time, Brian has played with many fine groups and worked with some fine musicians, spending a year with Irish folk legends The Furey Brothers.

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