Traditional Irish Music
Here are a couple of tracks by Miltown based musician Liam O' Brien. They were released onto Soundcloud last week and are testament to the fact that good music can exist outside the official album release. In fact the slow demise of the album format will mean that musicians will need to adopt to a steady stream of releases.
Liam is back in his home of Miltown Malbay after four years in Limerick. "I thought I was going to miss the buzz and the music scene around Limerick but it is nice to be back in Miltown as well" he said when we caught up with him recently. "Obviously the Winter months are quieter here but it's still full of music and sessions. You can still get a session any night of the week here. I'm mostly teaching around Clare at the moment so it gives me time to work on other projects and plan ahead towards the Summer."
We asked were these tracks part of a larger recording project. "Apart from playing with the family I'm mostly playing with the great guitarist Hajime Takahashi. I met Hajime on the music course in Limerick. We started playing together along with Castledaly based box player Stephen Heffernan and planned a tour in Tokyo for two months back in Summer 2012 which was amazing. We toured again with various different groups across the world and took a lot from it."
"There is no 'album' as such in the pipeline but you never know where these tracks might lead. We released a family CD a few years ago and sometimes it's no harm record what your playing at certain times as it can change a lot from year to year and can be nice to look back at. At the moment we are just recording a few tracks as we go with different people so there isn't a plan for an album yet. We are hoping to be on the road for some of next summer across Europe playing and teaching as we have some stuff planned."
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