Traditional Irish Music
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Good Day Señor is the new release by Cork musician Conor O’Sullivan. Conor plays acoustic and electric guitar, banjo and mandolin on the album, and has been involved in music from a very young age. He found early inspiration playing in traditional sessions in Cork city, where he was fortunate enough to hear musicians like Tim O'Brien, Cathal Hayden, Casey Dreissen, Bryan Sutton, Darrell Scott, John Carty, Brian McGrath, Beppe Gambetta and many more perform.
Traditional folk music provided the initial inspiration, and early on Conor worked with the energetic Cork outfit, North Cregg. This lead him onto his own project, where he became the founding member of folk band, "Deluce's Patent". The band recorded one album which was well received, and they shared the stage with acts like KAN, Dervish and Tom Baxter, as well as touring extensively in Ireland, Scotland and Russia.
Here is track 4 from the album called Honeydew Rose
Good Day Señor, like many great albums, evolved from a simpler undertaking. Entering the studio, Conor’s goal was to simply record some demo tracks of old songs that he had been working on. Conor explains: “I had nothing worked out. I only went into the studio to record, as a way of documenting the songs. I was starting to forget some of the original arrangements and was changing them over time, so my plan was just to record them, and move onto writing some more. It wasn't until about halfway through the process that I realised I should ask some friends to add some accompaniment. The songs then started to come to life, and so the idea of making a full album made sense. It was all very easy going to be honest. I brought all my instruments with me to studio each day and started experimenting with arrangements as we progressed.”
The album includes 9 vocal tracks and one traditional set and he is joined by Christian Best, Martin Brunsden, Pauline Scanlon, Nigel Grufferty, Isaac Alderson, Martin Leahy, Tony Dunne and Mick Daly.
“I would have listened to a lot of different music in my teens, including traditional music, so every few months I'd discover something new and immerse myself in that for a while. I suppose that's why there's quite a mix of styles on the album. Some songs were written years ago, and others are fairly new, so they probably reflect what I was listening to at the time. It's hard to say exactly what type of music it is, but I'd prefer to call it folk rather than singer/songwriter, which in my mind refers to someone writing songs about themselves. I prefer to write songs with a story, or songs that have their own identity, if that makes sense!”
While this album is now on release, Conor is back in the studio recording as part of a duo called Leif, that he is also involved with. “We'll be doing a tour in Russia at the end of October so we're hard at work trying to finish an album before then.
I'm also lucky enough to play with a great songwriter named Barry Tierney and I'll be performing with him in the U.S in November. Other than that it's business as usual at home with gigs in Cork, and I hope to start recording more of my own material before the end of the year.”
To purchase the album visit www.conorosullivanmusic.com
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Conor O’Sullivan - vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitar, mandolin, banjo
Christian Best - drums, percussion
Martin Brunsden - double bass
Pauline Scanlon - vocals
Nigel Grufferty - fiddle, whistle
Isaac Alderson - flute, whistle
Martin Leahy - drums
Tony Dunne - accordion
Mick Daly - vocals
Eoin O'Brien - vocals
Christian Best, Martin Leahy & Donogh Hennessy for recording the album. The musicians involved for their generosity time and talents. Brian Hanlon & Arran McGabhann for their help with the artwork. Richie Tyndall & Eddie Hennessy for the live photographs. Mick Daly for the repairs. All at the Corner House, Cork. My family & friends. Special thanks to Marie.
PRODUCED, ENGINEERED AND MIXED BY: Christian Best at Monique Studio
ADDITIONAL RECORDING BY: Martin Leahy & Donogh Hennessy.
MASTERED BY: Kim Rosen at Knack Mastering
PHOTOGRAPH BY : Richie Tyndall & Eddie Hennessy
DESIGN BY: www.ogmediagroup.com
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