Na Fir Bolg – Jack Talty & Cormac Begley

Na Fir Bolg – Jack Talty & Cormac Begley

Monday, 4 July 2011, 9.00am

Duet album by concertina players Jack Talty and Cormac Begley. Released on 4 July 2011 on Raelach Records.

Produced by Jack Talty & Cormac Begley
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Jack Talty
Artwork by Edel Butler




Toner Quinn 1

Why I gave the above rating: 

I really enjoyed getting to know this album in more detail while working on this just published interview with Jack Talty ( Na Fir Bolg, a concertina duet album by Talty and Cormac Begley, was released in 2011. If you listen to the recent work of both musicians – Begley’s 2017 solo album or Talty’s 2016 solo 'In Flow' – their music has developed stylistically since, Talty’s music becoming more intricate like Noel Hill's and Begley’s becoming equally complex but in a different direction, with an even more pronounced use of rhythm and bellows. But for this early duet album the styles of both musicians were quite aligned. It produces a range of really special moments, such as ‘Gypsy Princess’ on the opening track when the two concertinas an octave part suddenly merge to create this organ-like effect; or the bright change from Tuttle’s reel into the ‘Bag of Spuds’. There is a similar lift when they change from ‘Willie Clancy’s Curragh Races’ to ‘Crossing the Shannon on the last track. It’s also interesting to hear Talty’s solo performance of ‘The College Groves’ which later appeared on his band Ensemble Ériu’s debut in a Steve Reichian arrangement. The whole album inspired me to learn a number of the tunes. Just nine years old, it’s a classic.

Jan 10, 2020

Be Part of the Future of the Journal of Music

Sign up for our newsletters to receive our latest news, UK newsreviews, articles, jobs and events.

To add a concert listing see here. For advertising visit this link.


Please note that some listings are added by third parties. The Journal of Music does not take responsibility for the content or accuracy of listings published by third parties on this site. The Journal of Music reserves the right to edit or delete listings. Click here to add a listing, login or register.