Traditional Irish Music
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Buille Beo is the new album from Cork-based band Buille. It is a collection of newly composed music from brothers Niall and Caoimhín Vallely performed and recorded live in the intimate surroundings of the Ionad Cultúrtha in Baile Bhúirne, West Cork. Joining the brothers are Ed Boyd on guitar, Brian Morrissey on bodhrán and percussion, and Kenneth Edge on soprano saxophone.
The six years since the band’s last album has seen them perform to audiences all over the world, and also collaborate with a diverse range of musicians from Béla Fleck to Martin Hayes and Mick Flannery; and tackle an equally diverse range of music from Steve Reich to Weather Report, but all the while drawing inspiration from their own Irish traditional music background. It is this openness and thirst for experimentation that has sown the seeds for the new album.
The new material has influences from the worlds of jazz and contemporary classical music, and takes up where the previous two albums left off in the exploration of unconventional meters, grooves, and harmonies. The immediacy of live setting has brought an even greater vitality to the sound making this collection a new landmark in the band’s creative journey and development.
We spoke to Niall about the evolution of Buille and the influences that seep into their music. He explained that Buille started out as a pretty organic thing. For the first album he had written a bundle of tunes and was looking for a way to present them. He had enjoyed playing with Caoimhín and Paul Meehan on the album, Callan Bridge that he recorded with his other brother Cillian, and he felt that they could bring something to this set of tunes.
“I think since then it has taken on a life of its own as an outlet for myself and Caoimhín to compose, arrange and play music that we like”, he says. “We didn’t necessarily set out for it to be a mixture of styles, but increasingly the influences from all the different types of music that we like have become more audible. We both grew up entirely surrounded by traditional music but also ended up playing a lot of Classical music and listening to a lot of Jazz as well as traditional music from other parts of the world. Generally there isn’t a conscious effort to mix these different styles or to create some sort of fusion, it’s more a case of just allowing things to happen when we’re writing or improvising. For this album there are a couple of more overtly Jazz-related tracks - we can’t really play Jazz but we do like to take on board some of its spirit and sense of freedom.”
The band came up with the idea of doing a tour and recording the gigs for a live album to mark the 10th anniversary of the band, but they wanted to do more than just do new versions of the music they had already recorded, so they decided to write a whole new set of music.
“We had a very short and intense period of rehearsal before we set out and recorded gigs in Cork, Armagh, Belfast and Derry. While those gigs and recordings were very exciting we decided to go back and record one more gig out in Baile Mhúirne in West Cork and we ended up using that for the whole album. Our previous album Buille 2 had been recorded over a period of time in a few different locations with a lot of different musicians, so we had decided that we’d like to go for something more immediate. We also enjoy the intensity that is created by performing somewhat complex music and not being entirely sure how it’s going to work out - we like the bit of danger! I like the idea of the album as a complete thing rather than a collection of disparate tracks and performing the music as a unified entity at a concert really makes you think about how everything combines together.”
Buille Beo is now available and will be officially launched at events in Cork and Armagh on the 7th and 14th November.
For broadcasters that are members of our Download Centre it can be Downloaded for FREE. Follow the link below.
Niall Vallely - concertina
Caoimhin Vallely -piano
Ed Boyd - guitar
Brian Morrissey - bodhrán/percussion
Kenneth Edge - soprano saxophone
Recorded live at Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, Baile Mhúirne,
Co. Chorcaí - Eanáir 2015
Engineered by Dan Fitzgerald
Assisted by Chris Moore
Mixed and Mastered by Dan Fitzgerald @ SoundSound Studios, Cork
Design by Brian Hanlon @ Og Media Group
Photography by Eddie Hennessy
Special thanks to:
Bríd Cranitch, Eddie Hennessy, Mike Meade, Pat
Conway, Tom Sherlock, Feargal Mac Gabhann, Richard
Ford, Matt Greenhill, Dan Fitzgerald, Chris Moore
And especially to Cork City Council Arts Office for their
generous financial support.
Also a big thanks to ‘The Subs' - Seán Óg Graham,
Ross Martin, Martin O'Neill, John Doyle, Dónal Lunny,
Patrick Doocey, Dónal O'Connor, Niall Murphy
More info @ www.buille.com
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