First Listen : Exclusive track from Drumshanbows by Rónán Regan & Irene Guckian

This is the first track off a new album by Rónán Regan and Irene Guckian called Drumshanbows.  They describe it as “a fun name which represents a kind of fulcrum of their musical styles which came about as they met and formed their musical alliance and friendship in Drumshanbo, where they both teach fiddle at the annual Joe Mooney Summer School."

Irene has a “deep interest in the music of her homeland,  which incorporates South Leitrim and Longford, historically known as 'Conmhaicne'.  As well as gaining the title 'Michael Coleman International Fiddler of the Year', Irene's accolades include All-Ireland Fleadh medals in slow air playing on fiddle and flute.  Her debut album was  'Love of My Life' and she has recorded a CD and DVD with the group Sionnain 'Crossing the Shannon' and in recent times has recorded 'When The Cocks Crow' a CD to benefit the Irish Cancer Society.

Rónán wrote his MA thesis in University Limerick on the musical styles of North Leitrim, most specifically on the music of Ben Lennon and Jim Connolly. They describe the North Leitrim style in the sleeve notes stating that it “has a splendid lyrical bounce and a percussive, rhythmic characteristic, which appeals to Rónán’s dancing sensibility”.

The album is a fiddle duet centred around the musical accent and repertoire of Leitrim's lyrical heritage, comprising of Irene and Rónán (fiddle) with guests including Paddy Ryan (fiddle), Mick Blake (piano), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki) and Tommy Murray (Recitation).  It's a CD that is very much influenced by Rónán and Irene's musical mentors and friends Ben Lennon, Jim Connolly, Paddy Ryan and Fr. John Quinn.

This is the first sample off the album and features an original composition by Rónán called Drunshanbows written to celebrate the wonderful musical heritage of Drumshanbo.  The second track is the well known tune Wheels of the World.

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Comment by Jeannie Campbell on September 27, 2014 at 12:30

wow they work well as a team very uplifting nearly jumped off my stool . 

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