From a Meath musical dynasty with roots in Clare and Cavan, Bernadette is the most recent member of the MacGabhann family to release a solo album. Her father Antóin MacGabhann, known to many by his anglicised name Tony Smith, is one of Ireland’s most respected fiddlers. Her sister Caitlín is among the new generation of concertina virtuosi. Bernadette herself has established an enviable reputation as a touring fiddler, and this excellent debut recording will certainly add to that. She’s joined here by harpist Eileen Gannon from St Louis, and on the final track by her father for a grand duet on the Scottish reel, which goes by many names including The Graf Spey.
1) Reels – The Boyne Hunt, The Boyne Mist, Travers 2)Jigs – Jacksons Mistake, Rós Baltrasna 3) Reels - The Flowers of Redhill, The Flax in Bloom, The Wind that Shakes the Barley 4)Jigs - Nancys Party, Two Sisters, Westering Home 5)Air - Cois Abhainn na Séad 6) Reels – The Enchanted Lady, Eddie Moloneys, The Kilcoon 7)Waltz - The Scan Waltz 8)Reels – The Pipers Despair, The Glountane, Gormans 9) Hornpipes – McCollam’s, Hogans Pass 10) Reels – The Ivy Leaf, The Mountplummers are Coming O'Carolan - Miss Murphy 11)Reels – The Glass of Beer, John Kellys Old Concertina Reel, Farewell to Ireland Reel - The Graf Spey – (with Antóin Mac Gabhann)
“enough grit in the bow to make the fiddle growl ... the latest star in a line of fine fiddlers ” — Alex Monaghan, The Irish Music Magazine “a smooth, stylish album thats worthy of a spot in your traditional music collection ... an album of great playing and well-selected tunes that trad lovers will dig ” — Dan Neely, Irish Echo 2017
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