Traditional Irish Music
Oisín and Conal, from the Aran Island of Inis Mór, are extremely able musicians, who are themselves descended from various generations of musicians. Music is in the Hernon brothers’ blood, with a grandmother originally from Miltown Malbay in Clare, where traditional music is strongly rooted, and a grandfather from Ballymacward in northeastern Galway, who played with his group, The Inky Craven Dance Band, all around Ireland.
Oisín and Conal have nine All-Ireland Champion titles between them. They previously recorded the album Up and Coming / Ó Ghlúin go Glúin in 2008 featuring three generations of musicians including their grandfather Michael Craven and their mother Marion. They have performed at Áras an Uachtaráin and for a European Leaders’ Summit in Galway, 2004, and they toured Ireland and the U.K. with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in 2009 and 2010.
Rooted in pure Irish traditional music, their interests and influences are diverse and this is reflected in their composing. While taking part in Siansa Gael Linn some years ago, the brothers met David Neylon who, they say, taught them a great deal about musical performance and, especially, arrangement. This spurred them on to composition; Conal had written some tunes while still at primary school but it was ten years later when Oisín began to compose and, during Christmas 2014, they decided to present some of their original work in an album.
With this album, Oisín and Conal are proud to showcase their on-going musical journey and their own original tunes.
Across the Sound is dedicated with fond memories to their late grandfather, Michael “Inky” Craven, musician, mentor and the wellspring of their talents.
“I used to greatly enjoy meeting Michael Craven who was so full of music and chat and needless to say, very proud of his daughter Marion and her wonderful musical ability. The music continues on in Marion's family and it's great to see that compositional creativity is alive and well on Inis Mór in the form of a fine selection of newly composed tunes by her sons, Oisín and Conal Hernon. I wish them every success with this recording.”
— Máirtín O'Connor.
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