New Releases of the Week (27 November 2020)
Sfiiinx – Womanchild
‘Womanchild’ is the new song by vocalist, composer and producer Síobhra Quinlan, performing as Sfiiinx, whose work is rooted in mythology and surrealism and informed by a background in classical music. Quinlan studied music in Trinity College Dublin, majoring in composition under Donnacha Dennehy and Evanglia Rigaki. She began studying classical singing with Veronica Dunne in 2010 and was also involved with Trinity Orchestra as both a classical and a pop vocalist, performing at Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Leonard’s Church, London. ‘Womanchild’ is the first release from Sfiiinx’ upcoming album The Magma Chamber, due for release next year. Visit: https://siobhraquinlan.com/sfiiinx-sinfonia
Aengus Hackett – Shimmer
Jazz musician, guitarist and composer Aengus Hackett has just released a new EP, Shimmer. All six tracks on the record were composed, performed and produced by Hackett and much of the material was composed through free improvisation. Commenting on the EP, Hackett said ‘The musical moments which happen in the heat of the moment during improvisation have always been the most exciting to me. This series of pieces is my effort to capture that in the writing process’. Shimmer follows the release of Penji earlier this year, Hackett’s EP under his electronic music moniker. Visit: https://aengushackett.bandcamp.com/releases
Andy Irvine – Old Dog Long Road Vol. 2
Following the release of Old Dog Long Road Vol. 1, a retrospective collection of recorded works dating from 1961–2012, Andy Irvine has just released Old Dog Long Road Vol. 2. This record is a collection of solo performances, gigs and home recordings from 1961 to 2015, including songs and tunes such as ‘Sweet Bann Water’, ‘A Blacksmith Courted Me’, ‘As I Roved Out’, and the set of hornpipes, ‘Cooley’s/O’Dwyer’s’. Visit: www.andyirvine.com.
Úna Keane – Collaborations
Pianist and composer Úna Keane has just released Collaborations, a live album recorded at Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church on 5 March, her first headline show at the venue. The album features live recordings of songs from her previous two albums, In the Deep (2019) and As I Wake, Still I Dream (2017), and collaborations with artists including Stephen Shannon, Liam Ó’Maonlaí, Lōwli, Gareth Quinn Redmond and Ronán Conroy. Visit: www.unakeane.com.
Minced Oath – Supervene
Composer and electronic musician Dunk Murphy has just released Supervene, the second album under the moniker Minced Oath, following 2017’s debut Supersede. Responding to a series of aerial photographs by artist David Cleary, sprawling harmonic drones inhabit loping clockwork pulses hovering somewhere between stasis and momentum. Supervene is out now on Countersunk, the independent music label founded by Murphy. Visit: https://countersunk.bandcamp.com/album/supervene
Carina Drury – Irlandiani
Irlandiani is the debut album from Irish baroque cellist Carina Drury. Featuring cello sonatas by Lorenzo Bocchi and Francesco Geminiani (both of whom lived in Ireland in the 18th century), as well as compositions by harper Turlough Carolan and Burk Thomoth, and tunes from the Neal collection (the first ever printed collection of Irish music from 1724), the album explores the influence of Irish traditional music on Italian baroque composers living in Ireland, and how a fashion for the Italian baroque style also influenced the Irish composers of the day. Irish flautist Eimear McGeown collaborates on the album, which also features harpsichord Nathaniel Mander, cello continuo from Poppy Walshaw, and Aileen Henry on baroque harp. Released on 24 November and available on Bandcamp and from Penny Fiddle Records. Visit https://carinadrury.bandcamp.com/album/irlandiani
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