Listen to the second single from 'The Magpie's Nest' by Robin James Hurt and Ailbhe Nolan.

This is the second single from the debut album by Dublin duo Robin James Hurt and Ailbhe Nolan. Featuring concertina and guitar, the album is called "The Magpie’s Nest". We launched it in January this year and you can read about it here.

Robin James Hurt was born in Belfast, raised in Scotland and after many years in Dublin is currently living in Wexford. His considerable talents as a guitarist, composer and singer have seen him performing and recording as a solo act, as well as with many other artists, such as the late great Ronnie Drew of the DublinersSinead O’Connor, Finbar Furey and many others.

Having already released an album and three EPs under his own name, as well as playing on albums by many other acts over the years, Robin's latest recording project is a collaboration with the virtuoso young Dublin concertina player Ailbhe Nolan.

Ailbhe Nolan has been playing concertina since childhood and is a Fleadh champion. Having been featured performing in concert on the popular RTE radio show “Ceilí House” as well as playing live regularly, Ailbhe began performing with Robin in 2014 and immediately the pair discovered a unique and notable musical chemistry.

After wowing audiences with live shows all across Ireland, Robin and Ailbhe have completed their first studio recordings, producing a collaborative album of traditional tunes and folk songs full of warmth, rich melody and passionate energy.

The album was recorded at Audioland Studios, County Kildare, “The Magpie's Nest” features a vibrant collection of trad tunes led by Ailbhe's distinctive concertina playing, as well as songs including the Brian McNeill-penned Scots social anthem “No Gods and Precious Few Heroes”. Robin's unique take on this song is a fan favourite at live shows and its appearance on this album is eagerly awaited.

“The Magpie's Nest” is now available for download from iTunes and can be streamed on all the major portals. 

The album is also available as a free download for broadcasters that are part of our Download Centre.

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