Traditional Irish Music
The Blue Tar Road is the new release from Fermanagh native, Brendan Nugent. Brendan, son of All-Ireland fiddle and céilí band maestro Sean Nugent, and a brother to a host of All-Ireland winning champions, now takes this opportunity to share the talent which saw him achieve his own All-Ireland success, in Ennis (1977) and Buncrana (1979).
He takes us on a journey of some of his personal favourites, inviting us to travel with him along 'The Blue Tar Road', to the melodic Fermanagh ballad 'Willie Rambler', before culminating in the melancholy 'Green Fields of Canada'.
In doing so, he stays true to the fine legacy of Fermanagh male ballad singing which has included the likes of Cathal McConnell, Gabriel McArdle, and Paddy Tunney, to name but a few.
Interspersed with Brendan’s ballads are a collection of traditional tunes, drawn heavily upon the compositions of Sean Nugent, which are performed by his daughter Áine, his brother, Laurence, and family friends – Adrian Connolly, Fintan McManus, and All-Ireland winner, Priscilla Connolly. In addition, his daughter Suzanne, performs a sentimental ballad composed by his deceased great-uncle Felix Kearney. The reminiscent 'Dancing in Glenroan' is a poignant track due to it being a favourite in the singing repertoire of Brendan’s late sisters, Rosemary and Margaret.
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