Artist: Enda Seery
Album: Síocháin na Tuaithe
Location: Streamstown, Co. Westmeath
Players:ENDA SEERY-Whistles, flute, keyboard, vocals. JOHN BYRNE-Guitar.
JAMES HUGHES-Fiddle. EOGHAN MACAOGÁIN-Whistle. TOM DELANY-Guitar.
- The Scholar/Sam’s Delight (ES)/The Night Owl Time (ES) Reels 4.02
- The Castle/The Nightingale Jigs 3.25
- Peggy in the Settle/Day Trip to Galway (ES) Single Reels 2.47
- It’s A Working Man I Am Song 5.12
- The Dairy (ES)/The Belfast Hornpipes 4.06
- Santa Cruz (ES)/Friends from the States (ES) Jigs 2.38
- Amhrán na Leabhar Slow Air 3.03
- An Bhfuil an Fear Mór Istigh? Set Dance, Slip Jig 2.39
- The Golden Keyboard/John Blessing’s/The Highlandman Who Kissed HisGranny Reels 3.23
- My Aunt Jane/The Gullane/The Rambling Sailor Polkas 3.42
- Jearóid/You Rogue You Daren’t Meddle Me Slow Reel, Reel 3.02
- The Killeigh/Langton’s of Kilkenny (ES) Hornpipes 3.20
- Loving Hannah Song 4.28
- Tatter Jack Walsh/An Luradán/The Hag With The Money Jigs 3.31
- Síocháin na Tuaithe (ES)/Ralph’s Paw (ES) Slow Waltz, Jig 3.23
- Larry’s Favourite/The Floating Crowbar/The Chicago Reels 4.51
Close your eyes when you listen to this album. I think “Síocháin na Tuaithe” accomplished what it intends. Like its cover art, the album has this languid, pastoral and unhurried atmosphere. For someone who monitored his career for more than two years, I can say that Enda Seery has been known as a musician of delicacy and elegance through giving emphasis on the beauty of a single note. And because of this, his album has attained a peculiar atmosphere that calls to mind recordings from Altan, Lunasa and on his vocal tracks that of Anuna. It is this love for the beauty of notes that make Síocháin na Tuaithe a rewarding experience.
The album has 16 tracks. Two of which are recorded with his own vocals. This is also the first time that he explored the idea of recording his singing voice although he’ d been singing for years. The album’s varying tempo of each track plus the great number of songs is enough to quench your thirst for the music of the tin whistle. Very appropriate because it took him two and a half years to release. Nine of these sixteen tracks are composed by Enda. Including Sam’s Delight a reel recently recorded by button accordion player Colin Nea on his album Between the Jig and the Reels. It’s also the opening track of Síocháin na Tuaithe.
The tracks are arranged in a way that feels like a thread is running through the album. Everything feels right and how they fit in the order of the tracks. There is a strong balance all over Síocháin na Tuaithe. As arrangements are never repeated in the order. For example, after the sweet high tune of the tin whistle is The Castle which is dominated by fiddle and flute. After that, another arrangement and so on. The Working Man is a vocal track which reminds me of the Nightnoise ballads. The same goes for Loving Hannah. Enda Seery possesses a beautiful voice in the style of the late Mícheál Ó Domhnaill.
Síocháin na Tuaithe promises to appeal to many listeners both of the New Age and Traditional kind. It’s a kind of album that will gain more brilliance with years. And perhaps be rediscovered and shared again and again.
Buy Síocháin na Tuaithe here: http://www.endaseery.com/
Let me plug a friend’s book here. She’s Kerry Brennan from the Celtic East Coast of Canada. Under Northern Stars is a collection of her poems.
Artist of the week Alan Cooke uploaded this fascinating audio. This is about his upcoming book Spirit of Ireland Book – An Odyssey Home. I think it is a beautiful work in itself which can stand on its own even though it is a promo for the book. This is a prose about Ireland.
A beautiful new memoir by Emmy winning Irish Writer Alan Cooke. He takes you on a journey back to his homeland. Back to the spirits, the landscape, the pain, the beauty and the majesty of Ireland. Coming soon as an Ebook and Hard copy all over the world. For more information go to www.wildirishpoet.com
Here is the 6th and the last part of the Kevin O’Donnell teaser:
Prior to the release, preview the song “Factory Girl”, keep informed on the album and release events, and, beginning May 3rd, purchase your copy of DEEP IS THE WELL on the web at www.deepisthewell.com.
For more information, promo requests, or to set up an interview, please contact:
PO Box 5489, Evanston, IL 60204
Here’s the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/168806033277199/
For those who love Cornwall, you got to see the Minack Theatre. It is a fascinating venue on a scenic spot. As they say, you have never been to Cornwall if you haven’t been to the Minack Theatre. Thanks fo my friend UrbanKelt for posting this link.
The Minack Theatre is Cornwall’s world famous open-air theatre, carved into the granite cliff overlooking the spectacular panorama of Porthcurno Bay. It’s a must-visit for drama, musicals and opera in the most dramatic of settings.