September 1999 saw the release of a stunning new album "From
The Edge of Memory" by Phil Callery & The Long Wave Band.
This is the first solo album from Phil Callery who is probably best
known for his work with The Voice Squad. The album contains 13 tracks
including, The Bonny Blue Eyed Lassie, Annan Waters,
The Green Linnet and Stolen Child. For this album
Phil is joined by "The Long Wave Band" featuring some
of Ireland's finest musicians such as Niall O'Callanáín
on Bouzouki, Kevin Murphy on Cello, Colm McCaughey on fiddle, Jimmy
Faulkner on guitar and Belinda Morris on oboe and saxophone. The
album will be released in North America early next year.
Phil Callery began his singing career in the Dublin
Folk Clubs scene in the late sixties. He went on to found the first
"Singers Club" in Dublin in 1970, which he modeled on
Ewan MacColl's famous "Listeners Club" in London. The
"Singers Club" provided a platform in the early seventies
for such names as Dolores Keane, Triona and Maighread Ní
Dhomhnaill, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Luka Bloom, Paul Brady and
many more. The "Singers Club" was a forerunner to the
"Goilin" Traditional Singers Club, currently running in
its 21st year. Phil has guested on several albums to date, Sinead
O'Connor, Christy Hennessey, Jimmy McCarthy, to name but a few.
He has toured extensively in Europe with 'The Voice Squad' and successfully
toured Canada and the USA in 1995.
"Phil Callery's voice has great resonance and emotional range,
but it also excerises control, it exudes tact, seriousness, and integrity.
His style of singing plays with ideas of suggestiveness and simplicity,
letting nuanced melancholy of the lines and the tragic inevitability
of the stories speak for themselves, using arrangements which are
imaginative and unobtrusive and subtly haunting. There is sense of
mastering and technical perfection here, a talent at the height of
its powers, which means will certainly
become a classic recording.."
Colm Tobin, Writer
The Long Wave Band
Niall Ó'Callanáín is an
acknowledged master of the bouzouki, adapted to Irish traditional
music. Well known as a member of 'Deiseal' and 'Maire Breathnach's
Band', he is a tasteful and sensitive player.
Kevin Murphy is a cellist who has played an amazing variety
of music from classical to rock. His playing, whether counter-melody,
or driving rhythm, is an essential part of the band.
Colm McCaughey is an accomplished and popular fiddle player
with two Dublin bands, 'The Cajun Kings' and 'Interference'. His
music touches on Jazz, Cajun, and Rock. He also has a very sensitive
feel for traditional music and song in his playing.
Jimmy Faulkner has been playing guitar all his life and could
be described as a legend in his own right.
Belinda Morris is a member of the well-known Dublin band
'Hada To Hada'. Her oboe and saxophone playing contribute a unique
sound to the band.
Phil's daughters Sarah and Rosa, make a very special contribution
with vocal harmonies, and add an extra dimension to the band.