"Official Online Album Release" - Seán Ó Sé & Peadar Ó Riada / Through Banks of Mist

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.

Through Banks of Mist is the new album of song featuring lifelong friends Peadar Ó Riada and Seán Ó Sé.  While the name name Peadar Ó Riada is synonymous with traditional music in this country Seán Ó Sé will not be quite as well known. They have been friends for a very long time and have supported each other through good times and bad.  Peadar references the strength of that support, especially at the time of his parents death.   He was a "comrade and fellow traveller on the unique road of life" he says.  A strong sense of community and tradition further strengthened that bond, and music and song became a strong theme in their lives.  It was inevitable therefore that albums such as this should come to fruition.
Through Banks of Mist features 17 tracks that display Seán in fine voice with predominately piano accompaniment from Peadar. Seán says he finds his accompaniment style perfect insofar as it "allows the singer complete freedom to perform the song as he wishes." At the same time "his influence is there and everything he does supports the singer".  This is evident throughout as there is space and fluidity on the tracks.  Reflective moments of accompaniment create mood and atmosphere for Seán to inhabit the songs and make them his own.  His is a restrained and meaningful interpretation of some well known and lesser known songs. As always we include a first listen to a track from the album. Included below is the title track Through Banks of Mist which is copyright Séan Ó Riada.  In addition you have An Spailpín Fánach, Limerick is Beautiful and a version of Galway Bay with all the original verses as written by Galway man Francis A. Fahy.  There are some light hearted moments with The Galbally Farmer and a parting of lovers on The Enniskillen Dragoon.
In advance of this launch we asked Peadar about his friendship with Seán.  "We have known each other since I was a young boy - well over fifty years ago" he says.  "He was my fathers friend and is part of our family ever since.  A distant relation, he has been my pal since 1971, when my father died.  We have the same interests and tastes and cultural background. Most of our conversations veer into GAA and especially the latest tittle-tattle re Rebel Cork’s current prowess and problems. The Kingdom of Kerry is also never far away.  The world of music, the lore of our people and the traditions of our past have been our lexicon.  Every day spent in each other’s company is a joy and never more so then when we are making music.   We both have always felt very privileged and lucky to be the possessors of the gift of music and song. This is our second official album (the first being ‘Ó Chum Thóla go Cúil Aodha”) and already we have thought of a few songs we forgot to record so far.  We hope people enjoy this album as much as we enjoyed recording it.
Please note that this album is not available as a download at the moment.
To purchase visit www.peadaroriada.ie
Musicians :
Seán Ó Sé
Peadar Ó Riada
Photography : Seán Mac Suibhne / P.Ó Riada
Sleeve Notes : Seán Ó Sé
Design : Edel Butler
Printing : Dutec
Engineered & Produced : Draoinscath

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