I'm extremely fortunate to have worked on
this project with such an exquisite team of musicians who
facilitated and fell into the music so wonderfully.
- Saxophones and Clarinet tracks 1,2,3,5,7.
- Keyboards and Mandocello tracks 1,2,3,4,6,7
- Guitar and Tiplè, tracks 1,3,4,5,6,7
- Fiddle and Banjo tracks 1,2,7
- Percussion (including bellydancer's headdress)
- Percussion track 6
A few months ago, I got a phone call from Dominic Campbell
artistic director with St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin, asking
me to compose some music for the St. Patrick's Festival fireworks
display. Needless to say, I found this a wonderful challenge.
My instrument has taken me to many interesting places, geographically
and musically over the years, but this was something entirely
different for me.
Having looked at the portfolio of the group F fireworks team,
featuring their work around the world, I was stunned by the
beauty, grandeur and complexity of their displays, and the
work of their artistic director, Christophe Berthonneau.
My musical response to this is the Rain of Light Fireworks
Suite. The piece entitled The Snake
(legend has it
that St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland) was to be
part of the Suite, but time did not allow for its inclusion
without topping and tailing it.
Of course, if you top and tail a snake there's not much left,
so The Snake remains intact and alive and well, safely outside
the Suite. The other pieces on this CD I've wanted to record
for a while, and feel that they match the spirit of the occasion.
Huge thank you to all involved in this recording.
Special thanks to Dominic Campbell, Milo for more fish, Kevin
for the video, Brendan O'Regan, Mary Ralph, Gerry Reilly,
Richard Brennan, Conor and Susan Newman.
Dedicated to my parents Tom and Kathleen, brother
Tom, sisters Marian and Kitt, my wife Sietske and children
Trudy, Tom, Sinéad and Ciara.
Thanks to St. Patrick's Festival office for
The Emigrant is dedicated to all emigrants wherever
they may be.
Thanks be to God for every goodness and blessing
in my life.