Official "Online Album Release" - Andy Lamy / The New Blackthorn Stick

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 be the first in highlighting these new releases.

The New Blackthorn Stick is the new release by critically acclaimed clarinetist Andrew Lamy.  It also lays claim to being the first ever traditional Irish music album for clarinet, with a broad collection of traditional reels, jigs, hornpipes, slow airs, and original compositions.

On the 17-track recording, Lamy performs fast dance sets, lyrical, and slow airs in both solo and group instrumental combinations, featuring legendary master musicians who taught and inspired him in his pursuit of adding the voice of the clarinet to Irish traditional music.  A woodwind soloist on the roster of Artist International Management, Lamy is a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Saint Louis Symphony, Royal Opera of London, and Artis Quartet Vienna. As an Irish traditional musician, Lamy has studied with renowned tin whistler Mary Bergin and New York/Sligo-style fiddle master Brian Conway, in whose traditional music session he performs regularly.

With these online launches we include an exclusive track from the album. This is track 2 which includes the reels Tommy Coen’s/Poll an Mhadra Uisce (The Otter's Holt)/The Lame Fisherman.  

“The clarinet has a sweet voice that one does not usually hear in Irish traditional music, but it works well—it resonates in a unique way,” Lamy says. “Since there was no clarinet master in Irish trad, my first lessons and training were with Mary Bergin on tin whistle. Over time, I started to play my clarinet more at Irish sessions—I wanted to add the clarinet’s voice to this music in a way that would match the swing, style, ornamentation, and phrasing of the tradition.

Irish music luminaries (Charlie Lennon, Kevin Crawford, and Tommy Peoples) have noted the historical importance of this album that introduces the clarinet as a featured instrument within Irish traditional music.

The New Blackthorn Stick makes an important contribution to the search for new sounds and timbres while staying within the Irish tradition,” prolific Irish tune composer, fiddler, and pianist Charlie Lennon says. “Andrew Lamy has taken a bold step in introducing new instruments to an old tradition. He is well equipped to take on this exciting task, for he not only has a strong background in classical music, but he has also studied Irish traditional music in great detail and knows the importance of phrasing, ornamentation, and staying within the boundaries of the modal system. He has surrounded himself with top musicians and chosen some very interesting material to work with, and the end result is thought provoking, entertaining, and rewarding.”

The album features artists including Greg Anderson, Mary Bergin, Floriane Blancke, Dermont Byrne, Donie Carroll, Brian Conway, Kevin Crawford, Gabriel Donohue, Dylan Foley, Steve Holloway, Patrick Mangan, John Nolan, Jerry O’Sullivan, Haley Richardson, John Walsh, and John Whelan, as well as the artists of Mixed Flock Ensemble—Jimmy Musto, Mike Stewart, and Jonathan Storck.

Of his distinguished guests, Lamy says: “For the most part, these are not so much colleagues of mine as they are friendly superstar teachers and guides, all willing collaborators in the effort to add the voice of clarinet to the Irish traditional music without altering the tunes’ essential character, phrasing, and regional styles, fitting in to the traditions ‘as we got them,’ so to speak—open-minded and adventuresome souls, to a one!”

The album can now be Downloaded by clicking on the logo below

Musicians :

Greg Anderson, Mary Bergin, Floriane Blancke, Dermot Byrne, Donie Carroll, Brian Conway, Kevin Crawford, Gabriel Donohue, Dylan Foley, Steve Holloway, Patrick Mangan, John Nolan, Jerry O'Sullivan, Haley Richardson, John Walsh, John Whelan, Jimmy Musto, Mike Stewart, & Jonathan Storck.

Audio Engineers : Dave Kerzner of Penguin Studios John Walsh, Greg Anderson, Steve Holloway, Ed Kenehan, Dermot Byrne, and Floriane Blancke in Spiddal, Galway

Mixing : Dave Kerzner, Greg Anderson, and Jeannette & Peter Clemons

Mastering : Scott Anthony.


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