Traditional Irish Music
Paddy O' Brien
The Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection: A Personal Treasury of Irish Traditional Music is a historic compilation of melodies from the repertoire of Paddy O’Brien of County Offaly, an All-Ireland button accordion champion and one of the world’s outstanding performers of Irish traditional music. There is no other collection of Irish traditional music like this in the world, compiled as it is from the repertoire of an individual player.
Paddy launched Volume One of the Tune Collection way back in 1995, comprising 500 jigs and reels from his amazing repertoire. In 2011 he released Volume Two, including another 500 tunes—double jigs, slip jigs, reels, hornpipes, and polkas culled from his voluminous store of Irish traditional music.
Now the Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection, Volume Three is on the horizon, this time containing even more unusual jigs and reels, plus walking marches, slides, set dances, and harp tunes, among others. Each album (as well as each individual tune) in the Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection, Volume Three will be available in MP3 format, or on audio CDs in a handy wallet. Volume Three will also have a fully indexed booklet with stories and background information on every tune, available in PDF format, or as a printed, spiral-bound book.
Up and coming Irish-American band The Yanks (Isaac Alderson, Dylan Foley, Dan Gurney & Sean Earnest) are heading back into the studio
Last year, The Yanks released their first album, entitled simply “The Yanks” (or “The Four Faced Liar” depending on whom you ask). It was recorded during the legendary Catskills Irish Arts Week in a cabin in the mountains. The album captured the raw energy and spontaneity of four friends playing the music we love. They have booked time this January at Grammy-winning engineer Glenn Barratt’s studio near Philadelphia. He offers a full range of microphones and equipment and has worked with artists like Elton John, Diana Ross, Mick Moloney, and Cherish the Ladies. They are aiming to capture pristine sound fidelity while still focusing on the warmth and energy present in our first album.
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