Traditional Irish Music
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Dick Hogan in 2013 to discuss his major new recording called The Hogan Collection. It took him 6 years to complete and is a new collection of 200 traditional songs. They are largely unknown but "reflect the true Irish tradition like no other". Dick explains: "I have been singing all my life, since I was a child. The idea was to record everything from my childhood days up to the present time. People had been complimenting me over the years on the unusual songs that I sing. They had never heard them before and felt that if I didn't record them they would be lost. People were saying this to me for a long time and finally about 6 years ago the penny dropped. I realised I needed to do something about it and so the project began"
Over 40 of the songs are accompanied and feature Eileen O' Brien on piano as well Peter Eades and Noreen O'Donoghue. The logistics of getting such a vast collection down on record produced its own challenges with the purchase of some decent recording equipment being the first objective. This was done for a number of reasons. Yes it was cheaper than hiring a studio but more importantly it meant that Dick could sing when the circumstances were right. "If you book a studio to record unaccompanied singing you need to be in good form both mentally and physically," he explains. "The day you have the studio booked is the day you may not feel like singing at all. So I said to myself the only way this is ever going to get finished is by purchasing a good microphone and some good recording equipment, computer etc. It was a very big learning curve and I sought assistance and advice from sound engineers to get me started. Once I had truly mastered this I then started the recording process."
The collection was released as a 20 CD Box Set that includes all 200 songs. Also included is a book with all the lyrics. To make the collection more accessible he then splits the collection into 25 individual Cd's grouped around themes. You therefore get albums such as "Rare Songs," "Songs Our Parents Loved," "Songs of Percy French," "Nationalistic Songs and Ballads," "Songs of Clare," "Humorous, Suggestive and Fantastical Songs" etc. Each of these albums comprise about 15-20 songs. Individual songs may appear in two categories so you could have a song that appears on the "Rare Songs" and "Nationalistic" albums. There will however be no duplication within a category. If this sounds confusing simply check the website www.tradirishsongs.com where it is all detailed.
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