The Road to my Second Solo Album! Blog 3 by Enda Seery

Hi there trad fans. Sorry for the delay since my last blog update in April. I have been busy finishing my Masters in Limerick along with a few other things. I also misled you all a little in the last blog with the outline of the tune types on the album. I was finding it very hard to settle on tunes for the album. My repertoire has expanded a lot but I have finally settled on the tunes! 

My outlook for this album has now changed too since I am more less at music full-time now. I am in a bit of a transitional period after finishing the Masters. I have decided not to continue secondary school teaching but my love for the Irish language will always be there. An Ghaeilge go deo! My goal for the next few years is to try music full-time as teacher, performer, composer and administrator. I know it will hard but I want to follow my dream. 

My time in Limerick has been very positive. Meeting with the greats of traditional Irish music was fantastic. Where else would you get to meet and play with the likes of Kevin Crawford, Mary Bergin, Mikie Smyth, Bríd Donohue etc..? I also had the opportunity of gaining experience in the recording studio actually setting up mics and sound and working the mixing desk which was great. I will be using a couple of tracks recorded at University of Limerick for the new album and these will be duet tracks which I am excited about. 

My flute playing I think has improved considerably over the past while and I have tried out some overdubbing with flute and whistle in the studio. I must say a huge thanks to Majella Bartley, Kirsten Allstaff and Kevin Crawford at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Limerick who gave some fantastic advice on flute playing. With The Winding Clock being very much a whistle album, my new album will be more expansive. Some of you will be surprised to hear me singing on this album! It's something that I want to do more off. I started singing with my family when we had a band many years ago. So two songs have been recorded for the new album. Watch this space! 

I have finally decided on a name for the album too: 'Síocháin na Tuaithe' ('Peace of the Countryside) a slow waltz I composed a few years ago. I get much inspiration for composing from the beautiful countryside in Co. Westmeath and beyond. I played this tune at brother Ciarán's wedding to Margaret in July and I got some kind comments about it from family, friends and wedding guests. Well know musician Paul Gurney joined me on guitar at the Church reception. 

Recording is well on at this stage. I go back to the studio on Sunday week, 2nd December with John Byrne on guitar joining me for the day. By the way my website is updated with a more easy to follow design.

This is the definite track listing for the new album. Slán go fóill. Enda 

1. Reels 2. Jigs. 3. Reels. 4. Song. 5. Hornpipes. 6. Jigs. 7. Slow Air. 8. Set Dance/Slip Jig. 9. Reels. 10. Polkas.

11. Slow Reel/Reel. 12. Hornpipes. 13. Song. 14. Jigs. 15. Slow Waltz/Jig. 16. Reels 

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Comment by Tradconnect Reviews on November 24, 2012 at 13:12

Thanks for this post Enda.  Its a great way of following the life of an album and it would be great if other artists followed your fine example.  We can then use this content to create interesting stories for people who may not pick up on this blog.  Glad to hear it is going well and we look forward to further updates...and of course the album.

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