Traditional Irish Music
This has to be a first. A traditional album that starts off with Clocks by Coldplay. If you were unaware of who Coldplay were you would not pass much remarks such is the skill by which the set evolves into the better known Hunter's Purse.
For 19-year-old UCD student Kavan, this CD-launch will mark another milestone in his fast-moving career in trad music, where he has already accumulated a very impressive CV. Kavan from Cavan focuses on the harp in particular, which he has been playing since he was seven. He has also been steadily honing his skills on the uilleann pipes, tin whistle, low whistle and guitar for some time now, becoming highly proficient in each of these instruments.
Mickey McDonnell captures it well in the sleeve notes when he states that on this album "the harp is given pride of place, and its versatility as an instrument is explored to the full as Kavan offers fresh interpretations of tunes ranging in tempo from slow airs to high-energy reels, with waltzes, round dances and jigs thrown in for good measure" As an album it is a different listening experience than most out there, and is all the better for it, showing just what be achieved by such a skilled musician.
Coming from a household where the very walls are ringing with jigs and reels, where family trips to fleadhs and festivals are the order of the day, and where his father, the irrepressible box player Martin Donohoe has amassed an archivist’s treasure trove of traditional recordings and trivia of all sorts over the years, it’s no surprise that Kavan was hooked on the music from an early age.
He won the O’Carolan International Harp Festival in Keadue, Co Roscommon at the age of 16, and has been the winner at the Granard Traditional Junior Harp Festival on several occasions. In 2009 he won the Grace Nugent Cup at the Granard Harp Festival, while he was also the under-18 winner at the Ulster Fleadh in July 2010 and senior winner at the same event this year.
Despite his youth he has performed on various television and radio shows and festivals at home and across the UK, Europe and USA. His recording career dates right back to 2001, where he played on A Call from The Musical Heart of Cavan. His playing also features on his dad Martin’s 2006 CD Blúiríní Blasta (Tasty Touches).
And with contributions from some of the finest musicians on the contemporary traditional scene, including world-renowned guitarist Tim Edey, Kavan from Cavan is a recordings that will surely generate a lot of interest. All in all an album that will surely stand the test of time and mark Kavan Donohoe as a name to watch out for in the future.
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