Traditional Irish Music
We feature this again because Gerry's album The Speech Project has been named in BBC6's Tom Robinson's Top 13 Albums of all time. Tom has been around the block for a good few years and knows a thing or two about music. He says that
"The reason I’ve chosen Speech Project is because these days there’s such a danger that pop will eat itself. We are constantly hearing things recycled. Because I’m as old as I am and I’ve lived through music of the 50s, my brother bringing home Elvis Presley records, I’ve lived through the 60s, discovering the Stones in ’63, I’ve lived through the 70s, punk and prog, and the 80s, 90s and the 00s, there’s so little I haven’t heard before in what comes across my desk right now which is sent to us as ‘new music’. The Gerry Diver album Speech Project is an album like nothing you could have ever heard in the preceding 60 years." You can read Tom's full commentary here.
We highlighted this album before and it an incredible piece of work by Gerry, both musically and visually, and is worth checking out. It's called the Speech Project which is an album of new compositions featuring exclusive spoken word contributions from Shane MacGowan, Damien Dempsey, Christy Moore, Martin Hayes and Danny Meehan. Archive interviews from Joe Cooley also feature in the compositions.
The music is derived from the melody and rhythm of the spoken words. Naturally, all spoken words has pitch and rhythm inherent within them. Whilst the music borrows from Irish traditional idioms the album is by no means traditional. Using Irish trad ‘snippets,’ Amercian 20th century forms glued together with some of the best known voices in Ireland the music was graciously described by one of the interviewees as ‘a kind of folk minimalism on the cutting edge of folk crossover’
Check out his website for venues and dates here http://speechproject.net/
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