Of Their Craft
Masters Of Their Craft
is a compilation release on the Tara Music label containing eighteen tracks
from some of the foremost artists and groups in the world of Irish music.
Much of the music on this album has successfully pushed the musical boundaries of Irish traditional music to a more contempory level. This would be depicted by composer Shaun Davey composing music for Irish Uilleann Pipes and Orchestra, or Andy Irvine for the introduction and integration of Bulgarian dance tunes into Planxty’s repertoire, or the fusion of Irish and Spanish pipes music with Liam O’Flynn and Carlos Núñez……. the examples are many.
This album contains tracks from: master uilleann piper Liam
O’Flynn with An Droichead (The Bridge) featuring Mark Knopfler,
and composed for the inauguration of Ireland’s Presedent, Mary McAleese.
Top Galician piper Carlos Núñez also features with Liam
on Muiñeira de Poio / Muiñeira de Ourense. Ireland’s
first supergroup Planxty recorded two outstanding albums on the Tara label
which included the tracks The Good Ship Kangaroo and Smeceno Horo.
"The theme of boundary pushing is the focus of the album which
opens to Moving Hearts title track from ‘The Storm’ (1985),
founded in 1981 by Dónal Lunny (bouzouki) and Christy Moore (vocals
and bodhrán) they blended traditional with a very modern sound
which again pushed traditional Irish music to a more contemporary level....
Over their many years in music production, Tara Music have recorded some of the best and biggest names in Irish music. Many of these performers started their professional careers with Tara and this compilation reflects the wealth of talent that have passed through their doors. Christy Moore, Planxty, Clannad, Stockton's Wing and Davy Spillane amongst many others all started their recording careers with Tara and, as we all know, the rest is history!
As compilations go, this is a varied collection – from the classic sound of Planxty's Smeceno Horo to the classical sound of Shaun Davey's May We Never Have To Say Goodbye and all points in between. There is plenty here to suit all tastes - the rocky piping of The Storm by Davy Spillane, the fun of a live version of The Craic Was 90 In The Isle Of Man from a very young sounding Christy Moore, the clarity of Liam O'Flynn and Carlos Nunez's piping in Muiñeira De Poio / Muiñeira De Ourense, timeless tracks like Mhórag's Na Horo Gheallaidh from Clannad and many, many more.
Plenty of other greats are featured on the CD - Moving Hearts, Rita Connolly, Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn.
The liner notes give us information on the original albums from which the tracks are taken, along with some background information on the artists themselves.
Altogether a superb collection - 18 tracks of some of the best ground breaking artists of their time, many of whom continue to greatly influence the direction of Irish music today. Well done to Tara Music for what is a great sampler of their back catalogue.
Jim Byrne - The Living Tradition