Traditional Irish Music
Salsa-Trad dance band, Baile An Salsa, have just released their new album, Ériu, with a number of launch gigs in the east and west of Ireland this February. Baile An Salsa teamed up with five-time Grammy Award winning producer, Walter Flores, and six-time Grammy winner, mastering engineer Felipe Tichaeur, to bring out this hot, unique fusion of Latin styles, Irish trad and a bit of funk.
Recorded at the famous Grouse Lodge, Ériu is a multicultural collaboration featuring musicians and technicians from South, Central and North America and Europe. Ériu is the band's second full length CD, following the 2014 release of Tribu.
Baile An Salsa brings together an international mix of world-class musicians to deliver a distinctive blend of Latin rhythms and traditional Irish Music - a fusion which they call "Salsa-Trad." The musicians seamlessly blend their influences from Latin America, Africa, Europe and the North America to create a contemporary twist of traditional tunes with original compositions. Vocals in English, Spanish and Irish meld with a vibrant combination of instruments, creating a full, rich sound.
Our sample track from the album is called The Dancing Bodhrán, composed by Brian Ferguson with lyrics and vocal melody by Andrés Martorell. The traditional tunes included in the track are Fred Finn's, Tommy People’s and Seán Se Cheo.
The band's positive message of diversity and unity contributes to their growing appeal. They have thrilled big crowds at concerts and festivals in Ireland and abroad, including the Kansas City Folk Fest, Kansas City Irish Fest, Galway Oyster Fest, Dublin's Temple Bar TradFest, Cork Gathering Festival, Galway Guinness Festival, and the well-established Philadelphia Folk Fest, where they had listeners dancing all the way up the hillside at the Main Stage. Powerful and engaging, Baile An Salsa's energetic and entertaining stage performance makes it nearly impossible for their audience to stay in their seats!
The album is also available as a free download for Irish Radio Broadcasters through Tradconnect, so contact us for details.
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