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.
Sáimhín Só is the new album by Dingle native Aoife Granville. It's a follow up to her debut Sráid Eoin Shuffle which was released back in 2006. The intervening years have been taken up with a PhD which in her own words had “taken over her life.” The title Sáimhín Só translates loosely to “content” or “at ease” and describes the feeling she gets from working with the supporting musicians that appear on the album. They include Tony Byrne – guitar, Colm Murphy – bodhrán, Ioannis Tsioulakis –piano, Niall McGuinness – double bass, Deirdre Granville – harp, Cuan Granville – drums and Michael Meade – guitar and banjo.
Conal Ó Gráda who knows a thing or two about flute playing writes that “Listening to Aoife, the first thing that strikes me is the masterful control she has over the basic sound that she produces and which in turn makes me really comfortable as a listener, knowing that I will be sitting in this luxurious audio carriage for the duration of my journey. This technical mastery of tone is almost like an anchor in her playing and is complimented by a natural feel for phrasing and variation. Having listened to Aoife for many years I know that she puts a lot of thought into how she presents a tune and this trait is very evident when you listen to how she crafts her performance. Her music possesses exceptional poise and grace.”
That “sound” is a strong clear tone that has become the hallmark of Aoife’s style. It bring a sharp clarity to the 14 tracks and allows the melody to break through the arrangements.
We spoke to Aoife in advance of this launch about the significant number of tunes that she has included by present day musicians. “I didn't consciously set out to record new compositions” she said. "My intention at the outset was to record tunes that I really enjoy playing on the flute. The tunes included were one’s I simply adored at the time. I love Liz Carroll’s compositions and her playing and I used to play Johnny Harling's' year's ago and so resurrected it again. Caitlín Nic Gabhann is a great friend of mine and I had learned quite a few of her compositions when I performed with her for her Masters Recital a couple of years ago. I decided to record two of her tunes simply because they are great and have a very natural rhythm. Some of the other originals are from flute players like Joanie Madden, Conal O’ Grada and Tom McElvogue. I just like the tunes and they sit easily alongside the traditional repertoire – and that doesn't always happen with the new compositions."
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Recorded : Sonas Recording Studios, Killarney
Mastering : Ruairí O' Flaherty
Photography : Michael Meade
Design : Brian Hanlon www.ogmediagroup.com
Aoife Granville : Flute, Fiddle, Fife
Tony Byrne : Guitar
Colm Murphy : Bodhrán
Ioannis Tsioulakis : Piano
Niall McGuinness : Double Bass
Deirdre Granville : Harp
Cuan Granville : Drums
Michael Meade : Guitar, Banjo
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