Traditional Irish Music
Noreen O' Sullivan was born in Corrandulla in County Galway, where her father J.J Gavin owned a small thatched pub. Music inhabited that house and she has fond memories of listening to her brothers Frankie and Sean, Sister Marian and many visiting musicians playing music in the kitchen below as she tried to sleep, failing which she sat at the top of the stairs. This scene has an idyllic quality that could be the opening to a documentary or movie. How could you escape that past and not have music coursing through your veins. Why you might ask has she waited this long to put her music down on record?
Well here it is and she has brought brothers Frankie and Sean on board for a couple of tunes. Also in tow are Seamie O' Dowd, Richie Lyons and Hazlett Keers on guitar and bouzouki. The album shows that Noreen's reputation as an acknowledged master of the tin whistle is well earned. The album opens with Eddie Maloney's/Tae in The Bog/Jimmy Kennelly's which is delivered with a clear crisp style with great transitions between tunes. A set that has no doubt been played over the years in many a Galway house is Reilly's Greyhound/The Green-gowned Lass/Drowsy Maggie which also sparkles to life with Seamie Ó Dowd's guitar perfectly underscoring these well know tunes. Unaccompanied on Ó Dwyer's Hornpipe you can only marvel at the breath control and tone. Frankie joins in on piano to show a talent for accompaniment that may be unknown to some.
For Touch me if you dare/Callaghan's/Green fields of America we are in more familiar territory with Frankie on fiddle and Sean on accordion. The Quiet House which gives the album its title is a self composition inspired by a loved one's return to Scotland and was named by her daughter complete with the laughter of a grandchild added on to the end. Her slow air prowess is ably demonstrated on the slow air The Mountain Streams. The Quiet House is an album of rich tone and texture that shows the rich vein of great music that runs throughout this country, in many instances going unrecorded. For Noreen O' Sullivan the Quiet House that she has inhabited is no longer quiet and is here for all to listen to, and we are all the better for that.
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