'Pure drop' traditional Irish music from Gailfean - 'Won't You Come Out Tonight'

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Gailfean, a word that means “rough weather” in Irish, is a US-based traditional music group of rare talent that has released its debut album, “Won’t You Come Out Tonight

Featuring All-Ireland champions Brian Conway, Máirtín de Cógáin, and John Whelan, and renowned musician Don Penzien, the group was “blown together” in Texas at the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat in 2012 as Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast.

They play “pure drop” traditional Irish music at the highest level and their live performances have thrilled audiences throughout the United States.

“Won’t You Come Out Tonight,” shows exactly why. The album includes 13 tracks of which 5 are songs. Three of the tracks were recorded live in concert by Ed Haber (Senior Concert Engineer at WNYC Radio) in White Plains, NY, in October, 2015.

We feature "Níl ‘na Lá", a song they sourced from the singing of ‘The Voice of Cork’ Jimmy Crowley, with whom Máirtín toured the road for many years. “Jimmy collected this, the Muskerry Irish Language version of the song that is found throughout the country of Ireland in various iterations,” they say.  “The theme is quite like the “Wild Rover” – the landlady won't serve the narrator after hours until she sees his money. Sure, it's a big welcome but then there is no getting rid of him!”

Each of the band’s members is well known in the traditional music community. Brian, who grew up in the Bronx, is the cornerstone of the vaunted New York/Sligo fiddling tradition. His direct influences include legendary fiddlers Martin Mulvihill, Martin Wynne, and Andy McGann, and he proudly carries on the legacy they left. He’s one of the best, having made an indelible mark on the music through several beloved albums and in the acclaimed group The Pride of New York (with Billy McComiskey, Joanie Madden, and Brendan Dolan).

Máirtín, the man from Cork, is a renowned singer, bodhrán player, and storyteller. A true seanachaí, he channels his youthful energy and guile to evoke the spirit of old Ireland. A fluent speaker of Irish (Gaelic), he inherited his love of the Teanga na Gael from his parents, who brought him up in a bilingual house. He developed his vocal talents under the tutelage of Danni Maichi Ua Súilleabháin, Séamus Mac Mathúna, and Ciarán Dwyer, and his bodhrán playing under Eric Cunningham (The New De Danann) and Colm Murphy (The Old De Danann). A member of The Máirtín de Cógáin Project & The Fuchsia Band, Máirtín’s infectious personality makes him one of the great entertainers on the scene today.

Don, who for nearly three decades has programmed CelticFest in Jackson, Mississippi, is a guitarist whose reserved and artful approach to backing has grounded several performing groups including The Máirtín de Cógáin Project, Beirt le Chéile, and Captain Mackey’s Goatskin & String Band. A Michigan native with roots in the Irish culture and a strong affinity for Celtic music, Don learned from Zan McLeod and Dáithí Sproule and has performed widely with musicians including Randal Bays, Tim Britton, Pauline Conneely, Tony DeMarco, Bridget Fitzgerald, Billy McComiskey, Martin O’Connell, Patrick Ourceau, and Caitlin Warbelow.

Like Brian, John is one of Irish music’s major figures. A young prodigy on London’s Irish music scene in the 1970s, John established his bona fides early and moved to the US in 1980, where he crossed over to the accordion’s wild side. His first recording with Eileen Ivers was an instant classic, as were his six subsequent critically acclaimed solo albums. His music has appeared on productions for HBO, the History Channel, NBC, FOX, and PBS, and on multiple film soundtracks. John was named the Irish Echo newspaper’s Traditionalist of the Year for 1998 but for the last twenty years, John has toured the US and Europe as leader of the popular John Whelan Band. He is undoubtedly one of the top accordionists and composers in the tradition today and brings a unique energy to Gailfean’s sound.

“Won’t You Come Out Tonight” is an album that is sure to delight! Gailfean is a dynamic group built on top flight musicianship that plays with a deeply felt camaraderie.


The album can now be purchased from www.gailfean.com and downloaded from www.cdbaby.com/cd/gailfean


The album is also available as a free download for broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre.



Don Penzien: Guitar

Brian Conway: Fiddle

John Whelan: Accordion

Máirtín de Cógáin: Vocals & Bodhrán


Special Guest : Gabriel Donohue : Piano tracks 2 & 12

Produced by Gailfean

All tracks arranged by Gailfean

Recorded & engineered by John Walsh at Noreside Studios, Yonkers, NY.

Additional recording Track 7 by Tom Rowan, Sound Lab Recording, Greensboro, NC.  www.soundlabrecordingstudio.com

Track 8 Recorded and engineered by John Whelan (JWRecords) in the home of Louise Whelan, Milford, CT

Mixed by John Whelan & John Walsh

Mastered by Tom Boyer, Oath Studios, Columbus, OH.

Photography by Phil Wirth and Zachary Nichols

Graphic Design by Kate Bendza, New Hartford, CT. k8bendza@gmail.com

Máirtín plays a Metloef bodhrán www.metloef.com

Our heartfelt thanks to the following people without whose intercession, patience, skills, and friendship this CD would never have been made: Donie Carroll; Ken Fleming; Don Meade; Ed Haber; Steven Payne; Mitra, Milo, Ali, & Pat; Daniel Neely; Martin Nolan; John Walsh; Louise Whelan; the audience at the First Baptist Church of White Plains; Sean Dunne – proprietor of Dunne's Pub & Restaurant in White Plains; Photographers Phil & Zach; our families & friends; all the Kickstarter backers, and you the listener--thanks! Special thanks to Reverend Tim Dalton and the First Baptist Church of White Plains, NY, for their hospitality in hosting our concert in their wonderful sanctuary.

Kickstarter Gold Circle

Fay & Rosemary Devlin, Gloria M. Rosson, and Norman D. Scott

Kickstarter Silver Circle

Kathleen Biggins, Joe & Denise Dodson, Hoggie, Anu & James Luke, Maeve McCormack, and Chris Merle & Melissa Tatum

Kickstarter Bronze Circle

Colette Bowles Breen, Brian Casey, CelticFest Mississippi (Steven Payne), Dan & Sinead Chick, Dave Creel, Danese, Chris Donald, Michael Dugger, Marla Fibish & Bruce Victor, Claire P. Fitzpatrick, Jamie Fox, Megan Bennett Irby, Maryann McTeague Keifer, Bridget Leary, Larry McCloskey, Ryan & Tiffany McDermott, Karen & Gary O'Maxfield, Nick Pollard, Bill Riley, Ken Roberts, Sean Ruane, David Sasso, Ginny & Barclay Shilliday, Carol Speth, Alex Weir, Louise M. Whelan, and Denise Dill Yates.


Contact info and other details about us at www.Gailfean.com or +1-917-836-1990

©℗ Gailfean Publishing 2016


4Ladslike Records 2016


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