Traditional Irish Music
Welcome to the Tradconnect Official Album Launch Series. For members and readers this series of articles will introduce you to a new traditional album for the first time. We are working with artists to bring a little bit more excitement to the “online launch”. The first time you share a track from a new recording with your fans and audience is important and we are delighted to bring new exclusive tracks to you.
Jayne Pomplas has just released her debut album called “Traditional Irish music on fiddle.” She is from upstate New York and like many fiddlers from that city she received her early tuition and inspiration from the likes of Brian Conway and Tony DeMarco. DeMarco also features on the album as well as producing it. He is joined by a number of other household names that include Alan Murray on guitar and bouzouki, Isaac Alderson on flute, Anna Colliton on bodhrán, and Cillian Vallely on uilleann pipes. The album adheres to a classic structure with Jayne’s strong and expressive style delivering some great sets with guitar or bouzouki providing the main accompaniment. On other tracks she combines to great effect with her fellow players with The Cocktail/The Concert Reel/Mrs.Crehan’s being a standout track.
As an example of a more driving fiddle track we include the opening set from the album. It includes the tunes The Ceilier, Captain Tom Conolly’s and The Highest Hill in Sligo. According to the liner notes “These are three tunes by the great County Cavan and Philadelphia fiddler Ed Reavy. The Ceilier was recorded on the Shanachie LP Fathers and Daughters by Galway button accordionist Martin Mulhaire with his daughters Laura and Sheila. Captain Tom Connolly’s was written for a musical New York police captain who was a good friend of the great Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman. The Highest Hill in Sligo is Ben Bulben, under which the poet Yeats is buried in Drumcliff churchyard.”
We spoke to Jayne about the reaction she is getting to the album as well as her own approach in recording it. “I think it has been received very well (to my knowledge anyway). I have had positive feedback from many people, and I am so grateful for all the support I have had from the community. Recording the album was a wonderful experience. Carefully listening to recordings of myself in the studio helped me to hear elements of my technique that I never thought about before, and it has undoubtedly made me a more thoughtful player. It was a pleasure to work with Alan Murray and all the other incredible musicians who recorded with me.”
“I didn’t need to alter my style of playing for the recording and I tried to get the most authentic sound that I could. I think the hardest thing about recording the album was trying not to have too much fun and stay focused while we were in the studio.”
On the tune selection and decision to do a live recording she added “I chose to record tunes that I have loved, and have been playing for a long time. I also wanted to capture the energy and spontaneity that I love in music, so I decided to record live and use as little separation as possible. I love playing music in intimate settings, as low key as possible.”
The album is now on release and you can Download by clicking the album below.
Jayne Pomplas - Fiddle
Alan Murray - Guitar, Bouzouki,Tenor Guitar
Isaac Alderson - Flute
Anna Colliton - Bodhrán
Tony DeMarco - Fiddle
Cillian Vallely - Uilleann Pipes
Recorded : Brooklyn Aloha Recording and Virtue and Vice Studios
Mastered : Kaleidoscope
Sound : Tim Mitchell
Produced : Tony DeMarco
Photography : Jimmy O’Kelly and Matt Diaz
Album Design : Anna Colliton
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