Traditional Irish Music
Today we take great pleasure in launching the new EP by Armagh duo Méabh and Tiarnán Smyth. Coming from a very musical family, their talents were developed from an early age in the prestigious Armagh Pipers Club, famed for its notable alumni which includes Niall & Cillian Vallely, Jarlath Henderson and Brian Finnegan. Twice semi-finalists at the BBC Young Folk Awards, Méabh and Tiarnán are a talented and authentic duet whose music belies their young age. The EP includes 6 tracks and is available to purchase from CDBaby.com
Our exclusive track from the album includes Moran’s Return and Black Pat’s. In the liner notes they say: “Moran’s Return is an old piece that was first written down in 1844. We learnt it from the playing of Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey, who got it from the P.W. Joyce Collection of Old Irish Folk Music & Songs. We finish with one of our favourite reels, Black Pat’s, composed by the inimitable Donegal fiddle player and composer, Tommy Peoples.”
Méabh, on fiddle, has a unique style influenced by the strong Ulster and Donegal fiddling styles she was steeped in, and has already acquired multiple titles, including being named the inaugural winner of the Ed Reavy Fiddle Player of the Year competition in 2016.
Tiarnán started on concertina, and has since progressed to master the guitar and singing. The pair convey their appreciation of the Ulster tradition in which they were raised through their creative interpretations of both traditional and self-composed music and song. They have played at renowned festivals such as Celtic Connections, the William Kennedy Piping Festival, Piping Live and the Baltimore Fiddle Fair, and to date, they have supported top acts including Four Men and A Dog, Lúnasa, and Dónal Lunny, Zoe Conway & Mairtín O’Connor.
The EP can now be purchased from CDBaby.com and if you are an Irish Radio broadcaster you can download a free copy from our Download Centre. Contact us for details.
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