Tobar an Cheoil is the third collaborative album by Monaghan-born harper and composer, Michael Rooney, and Sligo-born flute player, June McCormack, having previously released Land’s End in 2006 and Draíocht in 2004.
While individually, both players have continued to burnish their substantial musical credentials, together as the duo, Draíocht, they have created a remarkable synergy of outstanding, rich, melodic and subtle music with their unique blend of harp and flute, which has delighted audiences in the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
With over 55 minutes of music, Tobar an Cheoil offers a fourteen-track album with a difference, a mixture of traditional tunes as well as twelve of Michael’s original compositions. The album displays an unusual variety of tempi, incorporating several reel and jig sets, in addition to newly composed hop-jigs, slip jigs, a number of airs and planxties by Michael.
- Drag Her Around the Road/James Murray’s No. 2 (Reels)
- The Lark on the Strand/The Boat to Bofin (Jigs)
- Lament for the Dead (Ómós do na Mairbh)
- He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven/Reconciliation Jig (Planxty/Jig)
- McGivney’s Favourite/The Bird’s Hornpipe (Hornpipes)
- An Cruitire
- Eamhain Mhacha Air/St. Patrick’s Way (Slow Air/Slip Jig)
- Tobar an Cheoil (Air)
- The Flights of the Earls/The Ulster Reel (Clan March/Reel)
- Planxty Castle Leslie (Planxty)
- Fr. John’s Jubilee/McIntyre’s Fancy (Jigs)
- The Boys of Ballisodare/The Devil’s Chimney (Hop Jigs)
- End of an Era (Deireadh Ré) (Air)
- Come West Along the Road/The Boys of Ballisodare (Reels)
- June McCormack, flute
- Michael Rooney, harp
- Aoife Burke, cello
- Lucia Mac Partlin, fiddle
- Séamie O’Dowd, guitar.
- Maria Ryan, fiddle
- Jack Warnock, guitar
Released June 2022.
Digital Download is available from the Draíocht website for €14.
Digital Download plus CD combined (including shipping to Ireland, UK and Europe) is available from the Draíocht website for €18.
Digital Download plus CD combined (including shipping to the Rest of the World) is available from the Draíocht website for €20.