Official "Online Album Release" - Crossharbour

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.

This debut release by London band Crossharbour has been much anticipated and it lives up to all the promise. In their own words Crossharbour are "fusing well-loved traditional tunes and songs with self-penned material and original arrangements".  The band features some highly accomplished and award winning musicians.  They take the traditional Irish music that has been their life and mix it with some modern touches and some cleverly orchestrated arrangements to great effect. It has the feel of a live set where they are always in the driving seat when it comes to understanding the arc of a performance. Multiple All Ireland winner Órlaith McAuliffe on flute, Sam Proctor on fiddle, Philippe Barnes on guitar, Tad Sargent on bodhrán and Rosie Hodgson on vocals make up the band.

In all there are 11 tracks on the album including 4 songs.  The tunes are split between traditional standards and some new compositions.  It's contemporary tradition music with their varied backgrounds and influences creating the unique Crossharbour sound. Exposure to the different cultures that exist in London and the individual musicians own backgrounds feeds into the arrangements. While Órlaith McAuliffe has drank quite thirstily from the well of traditional inspiration that is Molloy, Tansey and Horan, Philippe Barnes brings a jazz, funk and flamenco influence from his past. Bands like DeDanann, Dervish and Altan are also referenced as influences.  In addition to their own compositions they also include tunes by Niall Vallely, Joe Liddy, Tim Potts, Gordon Duncan and Denis Carey.  As always with these launches we include a track from the album. Included below is track 2 called Chicago.  The tunes are The Chicago Jig, Nina's Jig and Palmer's Gate.

In advance of this launch we spoke to the band and asked Sam Proctor how they had come together. "Tad, Órlaith and I had been playing a lot together in London around sessions and at functions" he explained. "Tad then met Philippe on another music project and saw the potential for the band and introduced us all. There is a really good music scene in London at the moment with lots of young players out and about playing.  It's also a few years since a new band has come out of the London scene so this seemed to be a good time to do something. Personally I was keen to get into a band as it was a few years since I have done so – a band situation is great as you really get to know each other's playing and you can create a specific sound in a way that you can’t with more flexible line ups. Finally we met Rosie at our first gig as a four-piece band at Southwell Folk Festival."

The album is now on sale and is available to download.

To Download the Album click on the logo below.

Musicians :

Philippe Barnes - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, whistle

Órlaith McAuliffe - flute and whistle

Rosie Hodgson - vocals

Sam Proctor - fiddle

Tad Sargent - bodhran and bouzouki-guitar

With special guests :

Dan Humphreys - electric bass

Toby Kearney - percussion

Duncan Lyall - double bass

Recorded by : Sam Proctor and Philippe Barnes

Recorded and mixed by : Andrew Bourbon, assisted Daniel Moyler

Recorded at : Livingston 2, London in April and May 2013

Mastered by : Tom Waterman

Photography by : Maciek Krula

Logo by : Justin Grasty at Made Upstairs

Design and layout : Mark Baker at Barbel Graphics

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