Traditional Irish Music
‘Here To Play’ is the debut album release from Bernadette Nic Gabhann. Born into a musical family in Ashbourne, Co. Meath Ireland, Bernadette learned to play fiddle from her father Antóin, a well known Co. Cavan fiddle player. Her mother's dancing side of the family hail from Co. Clare. She participated in Fleadhanna Cheoil throughout her youth as a member of Trim Comhaltas which provided the foundation to a life in music that has brought her across the globe promoting Irish Arts.
As Fiddle player with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, Bernadette toured through North America and Canada, and performed in Alaska and South Korea. She was also fiddle player with Gaelforce Dance who toured Eastern Europe and Taiwan , and she also spent a summer with Irish Thunder, a dance show based in Busch Gardens theme Park in Williamsburg, Virginia USA.
Our sample track from Here To Play, is track 2 featuring the jigs Jacksons Mistake and Rós Baltrasna. Regarding the tunes Bernadette says: “The first is from the Greer Manuscript, one of the many tunes of Piper Jackson. Rós Baltrasna was composed by my Dad when when I was Rós Fódhla, taking part in The Rose of Tralee.”
At her home in Meath, RTE Radio 1 broadcast Céilí House live on the first Saturday of the year for the past 20+ years. Bernadette presented an episode of Geantraí for TG4 from The Becks, a bar north of Ashbourne. This was during a time of a weekly session with Joe Ryan and Roger Sherlock RIP.
In 2009, she recorded ‘Home Away from Home’ with the acclaimed transatlantic group ‘NicGaviskey’. Bernadette enjoys playing with her many American musical friends across the pond, and has spent time in St Louis in recent summers. It was during summer 2016 that she sat down with harpist and friend Eileen Gannon, and recorded most of this album.
The Track list is as follows…
Bernadette now lives in Dublin where she teaches and performs at various events.
The album is also available as a free download for Irish Radio Broadcasters that are members of our Download Centre here on Tradconnect. Contact us for details.
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