Tara Music Recommends
Although not on the Tara Music Label we highly
recommend the following albums.
Live In Hope: The Wildlife
Album 2 - Various
The Poet & The Piper - Seamus Heaney & Liam O'Flynn
Legacy of a Quiet Man By Sinead
Stone and Gerard Farrelly
Lumina By Eoin Duignan
In Hope: The Wildlife Album 2 is a celebration of nature in music,
with all profits going to the WWF and Ulster Wildlife Trust.
Compiled by music journalist and biographer Colin Harper and annotated
by Simon Barnes, nature columnist for The Times, every track -
five of them recorded exclusively for this release - is inspired by an
aspect of the natural world: trees, rivers, seas, seasons and a few of
our fellow travelers on the earth. There may be moments of regret but
there are more of joy. We live in hope.
This album is currently only available online from thewildlifealbum.com
The Poet & The Piper - Seamus Heaney, Liam O Flynn
Heaney, the Derry poet, holder of the Nobel Laureate for Literature, and
Liam O’Flynn, the internationally acclaimed uilleann piper have collaborated
to produce an album of poetry and music, with Heaney (a great reader)
reciting his own lines and O’Flynn playing the uilleann pipes. Not just
a number of poems and tunes thrown together – the two artists laboured
hard to achieve a coherent piece of work, and they succeeded. It’s a graceful,
skilful performance that deserves to be listened to again and again.
Musicians: Seamus Heaney: poetry reading Liam O'Flynn: uilleann
pipes, whistle Rod McVey: harmonium Stephen Cooney: guitar
Tracks: 1. The Given Note / Port na bPúcaí 2. Digging 3. Bogland
4. Árdaí Chuain 5. At the Wellhead 6. The Otter 7. The Rolling Wave /
The Hag's Money 8. The Yellow Bittern (An Bonnán Buí) 9. The Yellow Bittern
/ The Broken Pledge 10. The Glamoured (Gile na Gile) 11. Aisling Gheal
12. The Tollund Man 13. Midterm Break 14. Sliabh Gallon's Brae 15. Clearances
3 16. Clearances 5 17. Cronán na Máthar 18. Two Lorries 19. The Humours
of Castlebernard / The Bank of Turf 20. A Call 21. Seeing Things - Section
3 22. Fáinne Geal an Lae 23. St. Kevin and the Blackbird 24. Open the
Door for Three 25. The Annals Say 26. Postscript 27. Garret Barry's Reel
/ Seán Reid's Favourite.
of a Quiet Man By Sinead Stone and Gerard Farrelly - Sinéad
Stone is one of Ireland’s finest singers. Sinéad and musician
Gerard Farrelly have recorded their highly acclaimed debut album, “Legacy
of a Quiet Man”.
The album includes such songs as the classic “Isle Of Innisfree”
- theme of the film, “The Quiet Man”, the sublime “We
Dreamed Our Dreams” and many other songs by Dick Farrelly, one
of Ireland’s most acclaimed songwriters.
Gerard’s musical backing is creative, sensitive and understated,
allowing the Dublin singer the space to wrap the full tonal range and
colour of her truly exquisite voice around each song. Sinéad’s
voice is especially suited to songs of the Irish tradition, and it shines
through on this album.
"These are Irish songs as they should be, a blend of tradition,
poetry and soul"
Seamus Mahon (The Meath Chronicle)
"The result is nothing less than magical"
Colum Sands (BBC Northern Ireland)
By Eoin Duignan - The idea for this CD, a musical journey of spirit
from birth to death and rebirth, was born on first viewing of the Harry
Clarke (1889-1930) windows in Diseart Chapel, Dingle.
Lumina is a six part musical suite written for low whistles, evoked
and inspired by the magnificent Harry Clark stained-glass windows in
Dingle, Co Kerry
As far as I can remember this is the first time in nearly a decade
of reviewing, that I have given a Ten/Ten rating to an album by a living
artist. It's warranted. Lumina is a stunning achievement.
Sarah McQuaid - Hotpress
If music offers a window to the soul, then that of piper and whistle
player Eoin Duignan is a Kaleidoscopic fanlight into a world where the
spirit reigns unopposed
Siobhan Long - The Irish Times
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