Traditional Irish Music
Welcome to the Tradconnect Official Album Launch series. For members and readers this series of articles will introduce you to a new traditional album for the first time. We are working with artists to bring a little bit more excitement to the “online launch”. The first time you share a track from a new recording with your fans and audience is important and we are delighted to bring new exclusive tracks to you.
From Tallaght to Halle is the new album from ALDOC and it is not like anything that you will have heard in a while. Ex-Gráda frontman Alan Doherty is at the heart of it and listening to the final cut you can't but marvel at the musicality of it all. The album is years in the making and covers so much ground that attempting to describe it with words is quite a futile exercise. You really need to listen, and thankfully we have one track below for you. Its the first official sound from the album. Alan says in his press release that "this record is a build up of dreams that have been banging on in my head for years. I have always wanted to make a record of Irish flute with modern sounds and time and music were on my side after I moved to Germany. I've always been fascinated with sound effects and wanted to create musical soundscapes with the flute and chanting combined. It was easier than I thought as I was away from everything and everyone I knew. After years of asking myself if I will ever do a record of my own music, the time has finally come"
There are elements of Cormac Breatnach, Donal Fagan, Bon Ivor and a multitude of other artists who's influence on Alan are evident. However he creatively intertwines these with his love of urban sounds, jazz, hip hop and African and reggae rhythms. To deliver it he surrounded himself with a line-up of international artists that could see his vision through. Members include Gerry Paul ( guitars and banjo), Rasmus Steenholdt Skovmand (drums), Aaron Stewart (Double Bass), Thomas Voyce (Organ), Michael Dorniak (Bass), Lex French (Trumpet), Adam Page (Saxaphone) to name just a few.
We spoke to Alan in advance of this launch and he said he would "describe the music and album as global sounds. It encompasses styles and influences that myself and Gerry have picked up all around the world, over a decade of touring. From Indian to African, reggae to dub, Irish to alternative, all these styles have left impressions on us. On the road, our favorite thing to do is play music with people from other traditions and genres and see what common ground we can find and what we can take with us.From Tallaght to Halle has been born out of these fortunate meetings."
We asked was it difficult to draw this broad canvas of sounds together into an album that is amazingly coherent, despite this mix. "The album had an organic way of coming together" he said. "I wrote all the tunes over a two year period in Germany, so this probably gave the project some coherency from the outset. We had also decided on a certain production style from the beginning, so although there are many varied influences and many different musicians used, the tracks seem to sit well next to each other. It was a hell of a lot of fun to record and we think the listener will hear this in the recording."
To Download the Album click on the download logo below
Also available from
ALDOC Website : www.aldocmusic.com
Celtic Note : www.celticnote.com
Claddagh Records : www.claddaghrecords.com
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