Traditional Irish Music
Welcome to Tradconnect’s Worldwide Album Launch Series. For these launches we are working with over 50 radio broadcasters globally, making new traditional releases available for immediate free download through our Download Centre. For artists this makes an online launch a truly global event with radio stations around the world gaining immediate access to the album.
The Return of Spring marks the return of Buttons & Bows with their first studio recording in 24 years. In keeping with their previous albums they present a variety of material that includes both traditional and contemporary. In the liner notes Séamus McGuire states that “we uncovered some treasures from the collections of Patrick Weston Joyce, George Petrie, Stephen Grier and John Gunn. We've included polkas and slides from Sliabh Luachra, traditional dance-tunes from the great Sligo-American fiddle masters, and a forgotten tune from the famous Doherty fiddlers which recently found its way home to Donegal from Western Australia. And from an entirely different musical genre, the 1947 Oscar-winning song Buttons & Bows (which prompted sound-engineer Philip Begley to give our band its name) was "rejigged" by Garry and Jackie with interesting results! The new music in this collection includes recent compositions by each member of the band, reflecting a wide range of musical influences and styles.”
For this launch we once again have an exclusive track from the album. It’s the first track and is a Séamus McGuire composition called Oyster Island. “Oyster Island is a small island just off the coast of County Sligo at Rosses Point - was named because of the profusion of oyster beds along its shores until the end of the 19th century. It is separated from the nearby Coney Island by "a channel of a thousand currents" called Shruth na Míle. These currents produce an unusual whispering sound which rises and falls with the ebb and flow of the tide. I wrote this piece in the style of a French musette, but its rolling phrases were inspired by the magical sea-sounds which can be heard near Oyster Island.
We have an interview with Séamus McGuire coming up on Tradconnect and in it he explained the background to their music and sound. He said that their origins as a band were connected with North America and all the diverse music styles they heard there.
He went on to say “I’ve no doubt that these influences played a role in shaping the Buttons & Bows sound and repertoire, and our interest in exploring music from other countries including Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Scotland and France. Nowadays, our playing is also influenced by our involvement in other musical genres but in truth, our hearts are firmly embedded in the incomparably rich traditional music of Ireland!"
The album has been receiving great reviews with Siobhan Long of The Irish Times stating that “The heart of The Return of Spring is a joyous celebration of music from far and near..a collection that keeps on giving with each return visit.”
For radio broadcasters the album is free to download from our download centre on Tradconnect. Just click on the icon below.
Jackie Daly - accordion
Séamus McGuire - fiddle, viola
Manus McGuire - fiddle
Garry O’ Briain - guitar, mandocello, piano
Produced by Buttons & Bows
Recorded and mixed by Garry O'Briain at Creg na Vagabones Studio, Clare
Mastered by Billy Robinson
Original Artwork by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain
Buttons & Bows photography by Jacques Piraprez Nutan
Layout and Graphics by Mike O’ Dwyer at Factory Edge Design
Sleeve notes by Séamus McGuire
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