Most Played Trad Track - 17th April 2017

Our most played track, for the second week in a row comes from Mícheál Darby Ó Fátharta and his new release An Rithim Réidh. The title, roughly translated as ‘the steady rhythm’ is an apt description of Mícheál’s distinctive melodeon playing: an unassuming, mellow, easy going style that underscores a deep respect and understanding of the instrument.  

In the liner notes Mícheál says that like many households in Connemara, the Darby family had an accordion and this instrument facilitated his first forays into music. The melodeon, he says was also very common in Connemara, brought home perhaps by returning emigrants, and it appealed to musicians and dancers alike because of its accessibility' and robust melodic volume.

You can read our launch article here

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