“Donegal’s immeasurable contribution to Irish music continues to produce musicians of the highest calibre as is seen in Cathal Ó Curráin’s debut recording. Many of my favourite musicians came from the county: Hughie Gillespie, Néillidh Boyle, Tommy Peoples, Aidan O’Donnell and Danny Meehan who I grew up listening to in London. I remember not long ago Danny remarking how all his musical heroes used to be older than him and now they are all younger! I’m delighted to be experiencing this scenario in the form of Cathal Ó Curráin. He possesses the full range of musical emotion as he carefully chooses his song material which he delivers effortlessly accompanied by his own tasteful bouzouki playing. He is a gorgeous banjo player, who I had the pleasure of working with in UL, and knows how to master this difficult instrument to the highest standard. Cathal also cuts loose with several fiddle tracks which he plays with drive and vigour drawing from his inherited Donegal fiddle tradition with a few of his own tricks up his sleeve. This is a mighty piece of work all round. Congratulations Cathal, a young hero to look up to for sure!”
SInger and multi-instrumentalist from Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal, Cathal plays fiddle, banjo and bouzouki.
From a well-known singing family, Cathal’s repertoire is drawn from his aunts Caitlín and Bríd Joe Jack. An integral member of the High Seas, he has also recorded with the Conifers, the Friel Sisters and Aoife Scott.
- D’éirigh an tuile ar Labhrás
- Dooish Mountain/O’Connell’s March
- The Star of Donegal
- The Stack of Oats /McNamara’s
- Úrchnoc Chéin Mhic Cainte
- Brenda Stubbert’s/Reichswall Forest
- The Green Fields of Gaoth Dobhair
- Nia’s Barndance/The Laird of St. Johnston
- An Saighdiúir Tréigthe
- Alec McConnell’s/The Belle of St.Louis/The Garavogue
- Two Sisters
- Mo Shean Dún na nGall
- The Templehouse/The Old Bush/Paddy’s Trip to Scotland
- Ryan Molloy – Piano
- Marty Barry – Guitar
- Megan Nic Fhionnghaile – Fidil
- Conor O’Loughlin – Concertina
- Felix Morgenstern – Bodhrán
- Ciarán Ó Maonaigh – Fidil
Recorded in Stiúideo na Mara, Co. Donegal by Manus Lunny
Percussion recorded in Land’s End Studio, Germany by Robert Ballhause
Mastered by Paul McGeehan
Released April, 2022
Digital Album (Streaming & Download) – including unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more – are available from Bandcamp for €13.
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