Tuesday, August 18, 2009

pride of new york

Pride of New York

County New York has nurtured almost as many Irish musicians as County Dublin and County Clare. As with those counties on the isle Ireland, the music of Irish New York has a distinct edge, born of mixing and mingling of Irish backgrounds and styles and of the energy and exploration that fill the boroughs of New York.

Four New York based and bred players, all highly accomplished in their own rights, put a natural Irish new York spin on a baker’s dozen of sets of reels, jigs, hornpipes, and slip jigs, with the occasional waltz and march thrown in for variety, music itself which was often composed or passed along in the New York Irish community. The musicians draw you in to conversation so well that you can easily imagine you’re sitting in on tunes handed round at a session. Billy McComiskey plays accordion, Brendan Dolan does keyboards,. Brian Conway is the fiddler, and Joanie Madden plays flutes and whistles. Among them they count work with Brendan Mulvihill, Daithi Sproule, Mick Moloney, Cathie Ryan, Liz Carroll, Cherish the Ladies, and Trian, to mention but a few, as well as several All Ireland championships.

It’s the in the moment freshness of their collaboration which really shines here, though, well engineered and mixed by Keith Chirgwin and mastered by Emily Lazar. You’ll find your own way into which of these sparkling cuts you enjoy the most, of course. Two of my favorites are the Redican’s/The Gatehouse Maid/ The Road to Garrison set of reels and Madden’s flute solo, the air Slan Le Maigh.

you may also want to see
Music Road: Green Fields of America

Music Road: Billy McComiskey: Outside the Box

Music Road: Voices: Cherish the Ladies

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Anonymous Meredith Resnick said...

Their music must be amazing! What an incredibly cool blog you have, btw!

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer Margulis said...

This is definitely a group I want to check out. I've been thinking about the Irish-NY connection after hearing that the wonderful, wonderful writer, Frank McCourt, passed away. I can't wait to listen to this.

1:37 PM  
Blogger Peggy Bourjaily said...

I live in Country New York and absolutely love Irish music. Will have to check them out!

9:20 PM  

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