Traditional Irish Music
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The Land’s End Sessions is the debut recording by German musicians Steffen Gabriel, Cornelius Bode and Barbara Hintermeier. Musically it is a revelation showing the strong seam of traditional music that exists in northern Germany. From the opening set of reels you know you are listening to a highly engaging, focused and powerful recording. It has been some time in the making originating from an idea to simply record some tracks.
In late 2012, Cornelius and Steffen started recording the music they love at the Land's End Studio in Hanover, for the sheer fun of it. They state that “there was no plan, no deadline, they just went into the studio for recording sessions whenever time permitted.” The music was flowing and they were capturing more than they had anticipated. At this point they decided to ask a friend, Barbara Hintermeier to join them and this evolved into a full album.
We include Track 2. The Mirror, from the album below. It includes The Mirror Waltz, The Mirror Jig and The Red Lantern all composed by Steffen. He say’s he composed The Mirror Waltz back in 2006 for a previous band called Fiáin. “Although we never recorded as a group, I still get the opportunity to meet and play with the other band members at the Munster sessions. Shortly after writing the waltz and incorporating some rhythmic changes I discovered that it also worked nicely as a jig.” The closing tune called The Red Lantern is named after the sun-catching red lantern that reflected its light through the window while they were recording at the Land’s End Studios.
In a pre-launch discussion with Steffen he said “We never really had the intention of producing a commercially available album. The whole project started out as a kind of "archive" of our favourite tunes at the time of recording. In Germany most people that follow traditional music are more interested in the “Dubliners” style of Irish Folk music, so there's not a big audience for this rather special genre at the concerts we play with our bands.”
“Initially we thought about producing only a few hundred copies to give to our friends, but more and more people kept on telling us that we really should release that album to the public...so we did! We figured we might sell a few copies at the workshops where we teach, or to the odd listener at our concerts that wants to "hear more of that funny clarinet that guy is playing", if you know what I mean.
Anyway, we're doing a mini release concert at the annual Pat Kelly Irish Music Summer School in Elmstein, Germany, where I'm teaching a flute class for the week, and we're playing a double bill gig with award-winning German band CARA in August 2016, but that's about all we have planned.
The album is now on release and can be purchased from the artists website.
For radio broadcasters the album is free to download from our Download Centre on Tradconnect. Just click on the icon below.
Steffen Gabriel - flute, whistle
Cornelius Bode - Guitar, acoustic bass, bodhran
Barbara Hintermeier - fiddle
Produced by Steffen Gabriel and Cornelius Bode
Recorded by Robby Ballhause at Land’s End Studio Hanover, Germany
Mixed and mastered by Jurgen Treyz
Artwork and design by Eva Giovannini
Photos by Robby Ballhause, Cornelius Bode, Gabriele Bode, Steffen Gabriel, Andreas Lassak and Andrea Juttner-Lohmann
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