Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn - Causeway

Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn - Causeway

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(2007 re-release of 1995 recording) 12 tracks: Causeway * Cabbage and Cale * Seo Leo 'Thoil * Jack Palance's Reel * Trá an Phéarla (Strand of the Pearl) * Rainy Summer * A Stór mo Chroí * Comanche Moon * The Trip to Tokyo * Dún Na Séad (Fort of the Jewels) * Murals * Lois Na Banríona ( Fort of the Fairy Queen).

Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn are a most exciting duo who together provide a rich mix of talent and experience. Fiddle, guitar and voice are backed by other great musicians including Brendan Power on mouth organ.

Nollaig and Arty first met in Dublin in 1979, after which their musical paths crossed again and again at recording sessions, television and radio studios and on stage with Andy Irvine, Planxty, Makem & Clancy and Maura O'Connell. The more they played together the more they enjoyed each other's company, and eventually in 1984 they married.

In 1990 they recorded their first album together Lead The Knave, to great critical acclaim - it was awarded the Belfast Telegraph Entertainment Media and Arts Award for excellence in the field of folk music. Together, they arranged and played music for the soundtrack of the feature film Moondance as well as Hear My Song, a full-length feature film based on the life of singer Joseph Locke, in which they also made an appearance.

In July 1995 they released this, their second album together. As well as featuring Nollaig's superb singing for the first time, it also has nine sets of original tunes composed by Nollaig and Arty. These tunes range from soft and gentle to strong and vibrant and display a unique love and understanding for the music and its origins. Many of these tracks include the stunning harmonica playing of Brendan Power.

Nollaig is one of Ireland's most gifted musicians, with an international reputation as an exponent of Irish traditional music on the fiddle. By the time she began to play the violin at the age of eleven she was already proficient in a variety of instruments - notably piano, tin-whistle and uilleann pipes. Throughout her teens she developed her talents both in fields of classical and traditional music, winning several All-Ireland titles for fiddle-playing and traditional singing culminating in the award to her in 1972 for the best all-round performer.

Having graduated from University College of Cork with a Bmus degree at the early age of nineteen, she embarked upon a professional career, firstly with the RTE Symphony Orchestra where she remained for five years and later as a freelance player of growing stature. She joined the legendary band Planxty in 1980 and toured with them in Ireland, UK and Europe.

In more recent years Nollaig has recorded and toured with a variety of groups and musicians including Moving Hearts, Liam O'Flynn, Mary Black and Elvis Costello. Her television appearances include the BBC TV series Bringing It All Back Home and A River of Sound. Nollaig has also performed as a featured artist in Donal Lunny's Coolfin band with whom she has recorded and toured extensively. More recently she has performed as a soloist with the phenomenally successful Riverdance, as well as featuring in Shaun Davey's Granuaile and May We Never Have To Say Goodbye, which was the theme song of the Special Olympic World Games 2003 which was hosted by Ireland.

Arty is without doubt the finest and most sought after guitar player in Ireland with a unique understanding of music he performs. Born in Omagh, Co Tyrone, his family were steeped in traditional music. When his mother bought him his first guitar at the age of eleven, it was the great jazz guitar masters that he studied, and by the age of fifteen he was already playing professionally.

The late 1960s saw Arty move further afield, trips to UK and USA, moving from band to band and adding the pedal steel guitar to his musical arsenal along the way. But by the mid-seventies the endless run of one nighters had begun to lose their appeal and Arty was beginning to look for something more real, something that would excite him again.

Towards the end of the seventies, Arty revived his interest in Irish traditional music and his first solo album McGlynn's Fancy was released in 1979 to great critical acclaim. This is the first recording ever in which the guitar is played in an authentic traditional style, and as such has been hailed as a classic in the traditional music world. Arty subsequently became one of the most sought-after musicians in the country, playing and recording with the likes of Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Liam O'Flynn. He played as a member of such prestigious groups as Planxty, Patrick Street, De Danann and The Van Morrison Band.

Arty is equally in demand as a live performer, recording artist and producer. The album Barking Mad by the group Four Men And A Dog, which Arty produced, was voted Folk Album Of The Year by Folk Roots magazine. He produced Christy Hennessy's album The Rehearsal, which remained in the Irish charts continuously for eighteen months. He also collaborated with Frances Black on her first two solo albums, Talk To Me and The Sky Road, both of which have topped the charts in Ireland and have been critically received in the UK and America.

In 1997 Arty suffered a severe setback when he broke his wrist while on tour in the USA, however a quick recovery has seen him back playing with all his immense skills. As well as performing live throughout Europe with Liam O'Flynn he also co-produced Liam's album The Piper's Call.

Nollaig Casey (vocals, fiddles, violas, tin whistles) and Arty McGlynn (acoustic guitars, Fender telecaster guitar, pedal steel guitar) with Brendan Power (harmonicas), Rod McVey, Enda Walsh (keyboards, hammond organ), James Blennerhassett (electric bass, double bass), Dave Early and Tony Philips (drums, percussion).


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