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.
Tuning the Road if the new solo album by Louise Mulcahy. It features 14 tracks of inspired traditional music that demonstrates her mastery of flute, uilleann pipes and whistle. She finely balances the tracks between ensemble numbers as well as some solo tracks. Keeping her company is sister Michelle on piano and harp and Colm Murphy on bodhrán. There is a strong adherence to the core values of the tradition throughout. She pares the tracks back to the bare essentials allowing the melody and her expressive technique on both flute and pipes to take center stage.
Fintan Valley states that the "each of the fourteen facinating selections here is the tip of a pyramid of considered choice. And indeed of a power of music exploration, for Louise plays with equal finesse on C, D and E flat flutes, whistle and C uilleann pipes. Tracks are grouped to hold the distinctive feel of each of these, particularly so of the pipes on which she has a profoundly evocative ‘old’ style. On this instrument one can indeed close one's eyes and, in reverie, be with Séamus Ennis and Willie Clancy at the first magical Píobairí Uilleann tionóil at Bettystown and Ballymahon. Such close attention to stylistic nuance as well as technique is to be found everywhere in the playing, notably in the contrast between the flute on the paced air ‘Kean O’Hara’ and the slow air ‘Port na bPúcaí’.
All of this adds to the overall sound and feel of the music. Her versatility on these instruments lets her explore different shades of emotion with her pipes delivering a beautifully lonesome slow air like The Bold Trainer O and her various flutes giving full vent to reels and jigs.
Included below is the final track on the album.
Louise's upbringing in a family and house steeped in the tradition have contributed significantly to her music journey to this point, which she openly acknowledged when we spoke to her. "Michelle and I had the most amazing upbringing" she says. "We both feel very lucky to have wonderful parents, Mick and Cecilia who have given us every opportunity possible.
Music is a huge part of our house and always has been. Growing up I remember falling asleep each night listening to Dad playing the accordion or ‘The Grey Box” as it’s affectionately known. In the morning we would play before we went to school and again when we arrived home. ‘Practice’ was never a word used in the house as we always seemed to be playing music.
Instruments were never in their cases for too long! New tapes and cd’s were purchased for birthdays, occasions (any excuse really) and we wouldn’t be happy until we had learned all of the new tunes on the recordings.
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Tuning the Road has been recorded and distributed by Cló lar-Chonnacht www.cic.ie
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