The Weaving Accordion and Harp of Dermot Byrne and Floraine Blancke

Nice to see this first interview with Dermot Byrne where he talks about the magic of accordion and harp.

Meeting up with Floraine Blancke some years ago in Galway he discovered there was a beautiful interplay between accordion and harp compelling him to weave his music with that of the harp. There is a natural magic when two instruments adapt to each other and intertwine in a well known melody, giving it a new life in the process. We see this in the new wave of music that is now coming through, be it Jack Talty and Cormac Begley, Laoise Kelly and Michelle O' Brien and others that are finding new voice in the music. Described as the quiet man of Altan his new album with Floraine has all the hallmarks of a classic based on album clips and these videos. Looking forward to getting our hands on a copy.

The album was recorded in Brendan O’Regan’s studio in Ballinderreen, and produced by Dermot, Flo & Brendan. As well as accordion, Dermot  plays melodeon on one track, and as well as playing harp throughout, Flo also plays piano, and her voice features on a haunting French song. The album is quite varied, with a mixture of  mostly Irish and French pieces. It includes some lovely contributions on guitar from  Tim Edey, cellist Eimear O’Grady, percussion maestro Tommy Hayes, Mary Shannon on mandolin, swing guitarist Frank Kilkelly, and of course Brendan O’Regan himself on mandolin, guitar, keyboards and bass.

Magical stuff. Check out their website where you can listen and buy

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