Exclusive listen to the outstanding debut from Therese McInerney - Down the Strand

Clare fiddler Therese McInerney has delivered on the promise we wrote about earlier in the year on her debut recording, Down the Strand. She takes the listener on a journey through her musical upbringing in County Clare and the inspiring musicians that have impacted on her down through the years.

"The album flows from reels, jigs and hornpipes with great rhythm and drive matched with the deep, sweet tones from the combination of a Jim Mc Killop fiddle and Gary Leahy bow, to soulful, powerful songs and slow pieces such as “Fair and Tender Ladies” sang with sensitivity and empathy.

We include the final track from the album featuring the tunes Maude Millars/Lough Mountain/Boys of Ballinahinch.

Accompaniment is provided throughout the album by Brian Donnellan on bouzouki and piano, with some additional accompaniment by Sharon Howley on cello in four out of the twelve tracks.

Therese’s own compositions such as “Tune for Tom” and “Cróga” transition into the more traditional tunes with ease. “Therese’s appetite for new tunes and unusual settings is matched with a respect for the music and the musicians gone before,” says pianist Padraic O’Reilly.

Therese’s primary musical influences are from older generation Clare fiddle players, both East and West, such as Vincent Griffin, Paddy Canny, Bobby Casey, along with years of playing and singing with various ceili bands, ensembles, choral and theatre groups.

For further information, bookings and to get your copy of Down The Strand visit www.theresemcinerney.com

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