According to the liner notes “Mary Mac Namara has taught in Tulla since 1996. Her concern is to pass on not just tunes but her own East Clare tradition. Among the young musicians are some of her concertina students but also players of other instruments with other teachers. They all, however, have a close association with ( Mary’s ) Music Room, through her céilí bands, concerts, music exchanges etc. All of them have come under her influence.” The notes introducing the album are presented in such straightforward language by Paula Carroll that they are worth repeating. She asks how is the teachers influence felt, and how can you pass on a tradition that is so hard to define? “For every rule, you find exceptions.” she says. “Can we even define the geographical area? For musicians, ‘East Clare’ probably wanders over the Sliabh Aughty mountains, ignoring county borders.” “Yet for all this fuzziness, there’s a core to this thing called East Clare music that we can recognise: a gentle but solidly rhythmic swing, a favoured repertoire, those famous minor keys, an interiority and groundedness that are sometimes mistaken for simplicity. And it is these tangibles and intangibles, and more, that Mary seeks to pass on.
Featuring: Sorcha Costello - fiddle Brian Donnellan - piano Aisling Hunt - accordion Sinead Mulqueen - concertina Michael Landers - guitar Aisling Lyons - harp Eimear Donnellan - concertina Rosa Carroll - fiddle Lily O’ Connor - concertina Turlóg Céilí Band Eoin Beirne - banjo Cliona Donnellan - fiddle Aisling McMahon - flute Ulick O'Sullivan - concertina Padraig Costello - piano Isobel Elger - fiddle Karen McMahon - concertina
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