Paddy Keenan - Uilleann Pipes (Concert "D" Pitch)
Paddy Glackin - Fiddle, Viola
Donal Lunny - Bodhran and Blarge
Noel Kenny - Concertina
Produced by P.J. Curtis
Engineered by Brian Masterson
Recorded at Keystone Studios, Dublin,
Design: Creative A.D.
On this recording we play tunes which we
have played together for years at sessions. Some of them we have inherited
from our families, others we have learned from other musicians around
Ireland. What we have tried to achieve on this album is to bring out the
essential ruggedness and spontaneity of the music.
I've known the two Paddy's for a good number of years now - both as friends and as fellow-musicians and indeed we've often shared a tune together. They're probably well known to many of you as two of the finest traditional musicians of their generation, so when I heard that they were teaming up for this album I knew that the music would be good.
They have a lot in common (besides the name!) - both grew up in Dublin City; Paddy Glackin on the North side of the Liffey, in Clontarf and Paddy Keenan on the South side, in Ballyfermot. They were each strongly influenced by their fathers, both of whom play the same instruments as their sons - John Keenan the uilleann pipes and Tom Glackin the fiddle. Another of the strong influences on Paddy Glackin's playing is the music of Johnny Doherty, a renowned travelling fiddle-player from Donegal. Paddy Keenan has inherited a very old musical tradition in Ireland - the open-fingered style of the travelling pipes; and indeed, one of the solo tracks he plays is a rattling version of The Bunch of Keys, a reel which the late Johnny Doran, a legendary travelling piper, recorded in the 1940's
The two Paddy's are joined here on some tracks by a truly versatile musician, Donal Lunny who plays the "blarge" (which seems like a evolutionary enlargement of the bouzouki) and also Noel Kenny, a fiery young concertina player from South County Dublin.
Having heard this album just once, I find
it all I expected it to be - strong, exciting and skillful. I've never
yet known words to capture fully the mystique of good music, but I'm sure
that in many years from now we shall still be listening to the music on