'Quarehawk'  album by Manchester Musician Michael Walsh

'Quarehawk' album by Manchester Musician Michael Walsh

Friday, 3 July 2020, 10.35pm

Born in Manchester and raised in Stockport,England I grew up learning Sligo style flute playing from Marian Egan & Tony Ryan.

​I am a Tutor and Doctoral Candidate at the University of Sheffield Department of Music specialising in Asturian Folk and Irish Traditional Music.

My new album, Quarehawk, was released in August 2019 and launched at Cambridge Folk Festival. Recorded in Manchester with Michael McGoldrick and in Sheffield with Tom Wright and Sam Proctor, the album is a mix of my Irish and English influences as well Asturian music I have learnt during my doctoral research. I play flutes, whistles and hulusi as well as singing two songs. The album showcases my repertoire learnt growing up in the Manchester Irish community and documents the emotions I went through after my father died tragically during the recording.


Manchester poet Mike Garry performs a specially commissioned poem, the Visitor. I am joined on vocals by Ríoghnach Connolly (The Breath, Afro-Celts, Honeyfeet) and Leticia González Menéndez (L-R). Simon Bradley from Asturian folk legends Llan de Cubel and Bryony Griffith are on fiddle duty. I am so honoured to have Basque Trikitixa (accordion) expert Kepa Junkera record some of my newly composed tunes. I have been a huge fan of Kepa for years, so this is very special for me. Will Hampson brings his English melodeon style to some very camp hornpipes and is part of my live band. My old pal Helen Gubbins completes the box section with her Limerick Paoli Soprano stylings. My neighbour Liz Hanks joins me on cello. Liz has played with more amazing musicians than I can list here. Her sound is something special. Rubén Bada (L-R) has been in charge of recordings at the Asturian end and joins me on a couple of Asturian tunes on his bouzouki. Keyboards are provided by the whizz that is Anthony Davies. Michael McGoldrick plays bodhrán and provides some special effects and soundscaping.

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