New Releases: Traditional and Folk Music (May 2018)

Aidan O’Rourke (Photo: Peter McNally)

New Releases: Traditional and Folk Music (May 2018)

A round-up of new and recent traditional and folk music releases.

Featured below: Aidan O’Rourke, Na Píobairí Uilleann, Camerata Kilkenny and David Power, Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson, and Daithí Gormley.

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Aidan O’Rourke: 365: Volume I
Reveal Records
25 May 2018

Pioneering Lau fiddle-player Aidan O’Rourke spent a year composing responses to James Robertson’s 2014 collection of 365 stories, one written every day over a year and each comprising 365 words. The Oban fiddler is accompanied by jazz pianist Kit Downes on the first volume, comprising 22 tracks. He writes: ‘I loved reading those stories: a daily dose of poetry and wisdom. And I loved the writing. The language is emotional, concise, apposite. Somehow the words and the pacing of the stories felt musical. I was intrigued by the discipline of setting such a quantifiable daily creative ritual. Would the same be possible in music…?’.



Na Píobairí Uilleann: A New Harvest
Na Píobairí Uilleann
25 May 2018

Na Píobairí Uilleann have released several seminal collections of uilleannpiping over the years. This new release focusses on the new generation, including Peadar Giles, Colm Broderick, Fionntan Byrne, Alexander Suarez Mendez, Joseph Byrne, Claire Fennell, Kieran Joy, Robert Fell, Eimhear Nic Comhaill and Kieran Joy. An appropriate way to mark 50 years of the organisation. See our report on the reception marking 50 years here.


Camerata Kilkenny: The Piper and the Fairy Queen
RTÉ lyric fm
25 May 2018

Camerata Kilkenny and uilleann piper David Power played to a full house on 25 May at the Galway Early Music Festival – the venue had to be changed to a larger one because of the demand. Viola player Marja Gaynor’s arrangements of traditional repertoire for Baroque ensemble and pipes are well crafted, and there are other gems here too, such as the Gulliver Suites for 2 Violins. 


Eliza Carthy and Norma Waterson: Anchor
Burning Shed
1 June 2018 

It’s twenty-two years since Eliza Carthy, just out of her teens, sang backing vocals on her mother Norma Waterson’s solo album. Now, with countless family, solo and group projects since – including the new folk festival Normafest – daughter and mother have produced a rich album of songs – poignant, fun, celebratory – with a full band and creative arrangements.


Daithí Gormley: Fiddling without a Bow

Daithí Gormley’s debut accordion album is 13 tracks of classic traditional music from Sligo with Catherine McHugh on piano and Sorcha Costelloe on fiddle for one track. A strong session repertoire throughout, from ’The Jolly Tinker’ to ‘The Cuckoo’s Nest’, there are also a couple of tunes from Finbar Dwyer and a Sligo version of ‘The Duke of Leinster’.



The High Seas – Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciarán Ó Maonaigh and Cathal Ó Curraín – have just released their first album. Read Toner Quinn’s review here.

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Published on 1 June 2018

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