Traditional Irish Music
This is a 3-fold CD sleeve by Canadian group Nua. The music is bold and so too is the cover. The swirling red sky makes the cover stand out over a small silhouette of the musicians . The cover is a painting by Eva McCauley with the same reds dominant on the inside of the sleeve as well.
Art : Eva McCauley www.evamccauley.com
Artwork Design : GRD Printing Services
9. Burning Bridget Cleary - Pressed For Time
Burning Bridget Cleary are a Celtic band from the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia area and play high-energy traditional Irish and folk music. Their new album Pressed For Time features a very impressive cover with a "time" theme. The vibrant colours in their outfits are offset against more muted colours in the rest of the shot.
Photography and Design : Ray Baldino ( www.RayBaldino.com )
8. New Road - Leonard Barry
This is a 3-fold CD sleeve with the notes on the tracks spread across the inside. The inner sleeve only contains two photos of Leonard with the pipes. The front cover however is a very striking streetscape, shot somewhere just north of the Liffey at a guess. Pretty effective.
Photography : Front Cover J. MacGabhainn. Other photography Kip Carroll
Art & Design : J. MacGabhainn
6. Kevin O' Donnell - Deep Is The Well
Kevin O' Donnell's comeback album presents a fresh perspective on the American experience over a 170 year period as told by a multi-generational family of Irish descent. This is a pretty impressive 3-fold sleeve with a 20 page booklet also included. There is a lot of additional photography included with a page given over to each song. Some nice portrait shots of Kevin also included.
Design : Noah Smulkis at Ceolwind Productions
Edel Fox and Neill Byrne found perfection in the music and in the design. Picture frame perfect in an old pub setting with a nice splash of red to offset the browns and gold. In addition there is a 12 page booklet included with extensive notes on all the tunes.
Artwork & design : Edel Butler
5. Téada - In Spite of the Storm
Design : Bluett
4. Niamh Ní Charra - Cuz - A Tribute to Terry "Cuz" Teahan
Design & Layout : Brian Hanlon www.ogmediagroup.com
3. Sylvain Barou/Dónal Lunny/Pádraig Rynne - Triad
Cover Design : Sylvain Barou
2. Fullset - Notes After Dark
Design : Brian Hanlon www.ogmediagroup.com
1. David Doocey - Changing Time
The Photo and Design for David's album was done by Kevin Corbett from Newport, Co. Mayo. While the 2-fold album sleeve is more limited in content than many of the other albums, the cover photo wins through. It's use of vibrant almost painted colours make it stand out from the bunch. Light, clothes, pose...it has it all and is a worthy winner. David Doocey's "Changing Time" takes the trad Oscar for Design and Photography in 2013.
Art & Design : Kevin Corbett
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