Éalú (pronounced “Ay-lou”) means escape, evasion, (unheeded) elopement, passage (of time, of tide). As each of these meanings has significance for me on my continued journey through life, Éalú seemed an appropriate title for the album. Thirteen years have passed since my last musical journey, and it has been a privilege this time to work with 17 talented musicians and five singers from four countries – Africa (Nigeria and the DRC), America, Ireland and Japan. The album contains 10 new instrumental compositions of my own, most of which are contained in the title track, Éalú, which runs to 9.5 minutes.
It is also my privilege to feature four new compositions by other musicians – two by Alan Griffin, one by Roger Doyle and the last by an unknown Spanish composer.
Also included are two songs and five works from the Irish tradition. The new material recorded here, I believe, is all the better within this shared space, drawing on each participant’s recorded contribution, adding varied shades of colour to this album of foreign links.
A difference between this album and other recordings of mine is that I do not play any high whistles: I play Susato low whistles in the keys of C, D, Eb, F and G. Also, unlike other previous recordings, there are no reels featured.
:: Media ::
Directed and drawn by Trish McAdam, Motion Graphics – Marc Sherwin
The images in the animation are inspired by conversations Cormac had with Trish about his creative ambitions during the recording and writing of his new [concept] CD, Éalú (meaning escape) and Artist Robert Ballagh’s portrait of Cormac with birds, for the album cover. The short sequence inspired by Artist Gerald Dillon’s West of Ireland Landscape and the landscapes of fields the birds fly over, reflect on Cormac’s family connection to Wicklow and the West of Ireland and some people and objects relevant to Cormac’s own life.
The Cd’s edited music is taken from two main compositions: “Éalú” and “Slán + Breatnach”.
Please note that Media relating to Cormac’s collaboration with Vanessa Williams can be read on the Media Page.
:: Buy the Album ::
Éalú can be purchased from the following sources, in CD format or digital format.
:: Concept ::
To read the concept to my new album, click on one of the languages below:
Concept: A Spoken Introduction
:: Track Listing & Listen ::
|01||The Minded Set|
|02||The Universal Sun
|06||Spain & The Basque Country|
|07||Slán agus Breatnach
:: Reviews ::
PJ Curtis, April 2013
Living Tradition Magazine, March 2013
FolkWorld Webzine, July 2012
DLR Times, Spring 2012
IMRO, March 2012
Soundpost, Summer 2012
The Irish Times, February 2012