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Tune #16 - Patrick Hutchinson / Mulcreevy's March
I've been playing the Uilleann pipes for thirty-odd years. Am now playing a lovely flat set in C made by Quinn and Koehler. I grew up in Liverpool, learned the pipes from Chris Langan in Toronto, and now live in Providence. The march was made for a Mulcreevy who can't walk a straight line without skipping.
Tune #17 - Phil Schappert / Solitaire
My name is Phil Schappert and I'm a fingerstyle guitar player who composes in both contemporary acoustic and neo-traditional styles. I wrote "Solitaire" (short for "a solitary air") upon learning of the passing of a friend, Roy Logan of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Roy was a staunch supporter of traditional music and hosted the Wednesday night "slow sessions" group at the Lion's Head pub where he was one of the first people that I met in Halifax. He was a fine whistle player and a gentleman piper (and had recently taken up tenor banjo) so I wrote this slow air in his favorite key (A, the pitch of his pipes). I wrote the tune the weekend after learning of his passing (and recorded it on the following Monday) so it's "new" in every sense of the word. To hear me playing in my flute/violin/guitar trio, Papilio, visit papiliomusic.ca. To hear more of my original music, visit my Soundcloud page.
Tune #18 - Aine Heslin - Seamus' commission of Páidí Ó Sé
My name is Aine Heslin and I'm a flute player, having started on tin-whistle and traditional music and studied classical music to LTCL level. I've performed – solo classical, orchestral, musical society pit-orchestras, concert wind bands, solo trad, group trad, trad pub gigs, wedding and funeral services in the intervening years.
When we returned from living in the UK in 1994 I made a traditional tape (in every sense of the word) called Breaking Ground. This included a few of my own compositions and two tracks featuring the now famous son of Ennis – Michael Donnellan. Children and family took over events and it wasn't until I was accepted and completed a Masters in Irish Traditional Music at the University of Limerick exactly 10 years later that my interest in composing was rekindled. Progress was slow as I was mostly interested in playing but in 2011 I started in earnest.
I enjoy writing tunes in the style of traditional music that I learned in Co Clare during my childhood and again in more recent adult years. I tend to compose jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas and airs. I usually write tunes to a particular theme / emotion / situation and name them accordingly. One of these I entered into the Newly Composed Tunes competition of the All Ireland Championships 2012 where it reached the Finals to my delight. I named it When Jessie Calls Over and it is included on my new CD. It captures – I hope – my daughter playing with her friend on a sunny summer afternoon. I am due to release the CD shortly comprising a selection of these new tunes.
This tune is a hornpipe which I wrote to honour my brother's achievement at securing the commission of a life-size bronze sculpture of the great Kerry footballer, Páidí O Sé! (Well done Seamus Connolly!)
Tune #19 - Conor Connolly / An Sruth tríd an Rinn
My name is Conor Connolly and I come from near Kilcolgan in south Co. Galway. I play the button accordion and the play the tune myself on this recording. My greatest influences are box players Joe Cooley, Charlie Harris and P. J Conlon to name but a few. I have a great interest in the music of my native south and east Galway also.
I came up with this jig in the early hours of the morning after coming home from a session in an attempt to honour my home place Rinn near Kilcolgan Co. Galway. The title which translates roughly into 'The Flow through Rinn' refers to the Dunkellin river beside our house which dominates the landscape as it flows through our quiet village. The jig is in D major.
Tune #20 - Tom Oake's / Adeline and Melina's
I am a flute player and guitarist living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. I teach on the BA degrees in Scottish Music, Jazz and Piping at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as well as performing all over the place with various bands with two major projects and as a freelance/session musician. My main projects are with Shetland fiddle player Ross Couper and in my own trio with pianist Andy May and fiddle player Adam Sutherland. The 'Tom Oakes Experiment' is all original material composed over the last ten years or so and taking in elements of the many crazy collaborations (with African, Swedish, Indian, Easter European musicians) I've been involved in over the years whilst constantly drawing back to the Irish music that I grew up with. I am planning to release an album and book of new music in the next year with tours of the UK and Ireland to follow.
My composition is Adeline and Melina's. A long time in the development process. This new and slightly unusual jig is written for my two very favourite children Adeline and Melina. Daughters of the amazing Tyneside fiddle player Amanda Lewis. It started life as two slow tunes but dragged on a bit so has been given a new lease of life in 6/8 form (with a few extra bars) which I'm pretty happy with and I hope conjures up a certain playfulness that only the under tens achieve! It's a very quick multitrack recording on flute and guitar. It's also the first recording on my new Mike Grinter flute. www.tomoakesmusic.co.uk
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