Simply titled ‘Paddy McMenamin and Friends’, the 22-track CD, which includes a 12 page booklet, has just been released.
Indeed the ‘friends’ referred to in the title include some of the biggest names on the trad scene, including Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Dermot Byrne, Martin Tourish and Matt McGranaghan. The album was recorded by Terry McGinty before a live audience in the Balor Theatre as well as in Paddy’s cottage in Bindubh. The part-time farmer from the Glenfin Gaeltacht is a self-taught fiddler who, as a child, picked up tunes from his parents, aunts and uncles and the many musicians who called to their house, such as the great John ‘Simi’ Doherty. His father Paddy ‘Neil’ was an accordion and fiddle player while his mother Rose Anne was a singer who played the ‘Jew’s Harp’. In a rare interview, the affable Paddy told the Donegal News this week the album was not an idea of his and that he’s never had any great ambitions to go into a recording studio. “It was Matt McGranaghan who pushed me into making the album,” he laughed.