Traditional Irish Music
We are delighted to announce that the winner of our Traditional Album of the Year for 2013 is The Sunny Banks by Edel Fox and Neill Byrne. Its a deserved winner and is an outstanding album that would be hard to beat in any year. It was released early in 2013 with accompaniment on the album provided by Caoimhin Ó Fearghail on guitar and Richie Lyons on bodhrán. A lot of effort went into the tune selection which was one of the standout features of the album. We did a review of the album which you can read here.
We spoke to Edel and Neill earlier in the year about a number of things including the tune selection. Edel said “for about 2 years we have been learning tunes with a view to recording them. Obviously it’s just the last six months where we really put the heads down and said let’s do this, let’s make a CD and have it ready for the Summer. It has been talked about for that long.” Another feature of the album was the warm sound that they achieved in the mixing process. They recorded it in Donal Clancy’s studio in Waterford. He records on an analogue desk and both Neill and Edel loved the warmth that it brings “It’s an older sound" they said. "There is probably not much capacity for tweaking but we wanted to keep that live sound. Everything was generally live, with the exception of Richie Lyons who came in at the end on bodhrán. Everything we have done in the past has been very much rooted in the tradition. We have recorded some previously unknown tunes on this album but they are also very much rooted in the tradition." You can read the full interview here.
So a big congrats to Edel and Neill. For anyone that has heard The Sunny Banks it would be difficult to disagree with the result. The album will be given a slot on our home page for the rest of the year as well as at the top of our Album Review page.
Thanks to all that took part in this years poll. There is still time to vote for Album of Traditional Song 2013 by following this link.
Here are the links if you wish to download.
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