Down the Strand, the debut album of fiddle and song by Therese McInerney, takes the listener on a journey through the musical upbringing one only gets being from an area so steeped in music such as County Clare. “Therese will soon leave you in no doubt that she’s Clare through to the bone marrow, and every reason to be proud of it,” says John Brophy in his review of the album. The album flows from reels, jigs and hornpipes with great rhythm and drive matched with the deep, sweet tones from the combination of a Jim Mc Killop fiddle and Gary Leahy bow, to soulful, powerful songs and slow pieces such as “Fair and Tender Ladies” sang with sensitivity and empathy. Accompaniment is provided throughout the album by Brian Donnellan on bouzouki and piano, with some additional accompaniment by Sharon Howley on cello in four out of the twelve tracks. Therese’s own compositions such as “Tune for Tom” and “Cróga” transition into the more traditional tunes with ease. “Therese’s appetite for new tunes and unusual settings is matched with a respect for the music and the musicians gone before,” says pianist Padraic O’Reilly. Therese’s primary musical influences are from older generation Clare fiddle players, both East and West, such as Vincent Griffin, Paddy Canny, Bobby Casey, along with years of playing and singing with various ceili bands, ensembles, choral and theatre groups. Down the Strand marks the formative years of Therese’s musical journey and is a selection of some of her favourite tunes and songs. She is looking forward to developing her musical career and seeing where this release takes her.
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