MUSIC is a universal language, appealing to the very soul of man, and is the outpouring of the heart, whether to express joy or sorrow, to rouse to battle or soothe to sleep, to give expression or jubilation for the living or of wailing for the dead, to manifest sympathy with society or devotion to the Deity. It is, as Thomas Davis writes, “the first faculty of the Irish.“
(From A History of Irish Music by William H. Grattan Flood)
Over the past few months, Raelach records have released some of the finest recordings of Irish musicians that I have heard for many years. On Sunday at City Hall Dublin, we had the honorary concert for the wonderful Tony MacMahon which coincided with the release of a new album of slow airs. (Farewell to Music – Tony MacMahon)
Photography and artwork by Maurice Gunning
This Thursday 24th at The Cobblestone, Dublin 1, Raelach Records will be releasing a new album by Jack Talty called ‘In Flow’.
I have been listening to it all day today and it’s a fantastic collection of tunes, jigs, reels, hornpipes and slow airs.
Guests on the night will include John Blake, Ruairí McGorman, Áine Bird, Aidan Connolly, and Saileog Ní Cheannabháín.
We need to support our musicians, buy their CDs, go see them live and spread the word. They carry with them in their music our songlines.
LIST OF UPCOMING CONCERTS
Saturday, 26 November
Saileog Ní Cheannabháin @
Hoban’s Bar, Westport, Co Mayo
Sunday, 27 November
Jack Talty @
O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, Dingle
Saturday, 3 December
Saileog Ní Cheannabháin + Aidan Connolly @
Holmes’ of Doohoma, Co Mayo
Time to be announced
Sunday, 4 December
Cuar (Neil Ó Loclainn, Aoife Ní Bhriain, Maitiú Ó Báiréil)
Danny Diamond @
63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 (Royal Society of Antiquaries)
€15 incl. glass of wine. Pre-booking advised >
LIST OF CDS AVAILABLE FROM RAELACH RECORDS
Tony Mac Mahon, Farewell to Music
Jack Talty, In Flow
Aidan Connolly, Be Off
Saileog Ní Cheannabháin, Roithleán
Ensemble Ériu, Imbas