Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over It

The Music of the Sliabh Beagh region of Monaghan / Fermanagh

Irish traditional music, according to Irish button accordionist Tony McMahon requires a “search for the local footprints of those who have gone before” and if found “a care of not trampling on them.” It necessitates, he believes “a search for the music and songs of one’s own place, and if that is not successful, a search for the music to which the individual musical spirit can reverberate.”

This recording, in keeping with such sentiments, represents an attempt to retrace the musical imprints of the Sliabh Beagh region of Monaghan / Fermanagh. Arising from the PhD research of Seán McElwain of the Irish traditional group Téada, it seeks to reunite material recovered from unpublished music manuscripts and archival recordings with some of the region’s current traditional musicians. Musicians involved include Seán McElwain (Téada), Dónal McCague (TG4 Musician of the Year 2013), Darren Breslin (2008 All-Ireland Senior Button Accordion Champion), Laura Beagon (2008 All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Champion), Michael McCague (At First Light, At the Racket). Other musicians will be announced in the coming months.

Due for recording and production in early 2014, further details will be available shortly on the project's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ourdeardarkmountain and likewise on the project's website http://www.ourdeardarkmountain.com

I will also be contributing regular updates to TradConnect on the project's development and progress.

Seán

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