Music for Whistle & Guitar
This CD is a pairing of two gifted musicians, both quite different in approach and musical background, who have managed to create a unique and successful hybrid in contemporary music – drawn from the roots of both jazz and traditional Irish. As well as interpretations of older tunes, there are eight original compositions.
For such a concept to work, great sensitivity must be applied and these explorations in courageous melodic phrasing, rich harmonic texture and rhythmic structure I can only describe as inspirational science.
As creative as they are, for the purposes of this recording they imposed limits on the amount of studio artifice they would employ. There are no ‘overdubs’ or multiple tracking to fill out the sound; just two instruments, the whistle and guitar.
Cormac plays a variety of whistles, from the chirpy warblings normally associated with the highest tonal register of Irish music, to the mellow tones of the low whistle, reminiscent of the alto flute. Unusually, Martin plays his steel-strung guitar with the fingers of his right hand, (as well as the plectrum) thereby accessing a variety of techniques more associated with the nylon-strung classical guitar.
This meeting reminds us of what may be achieved by musicians who have become experts in their own fields and who then move into each other’s musical worlds, with mutual respect and with respect for the spirit of the music.
“Music for Whistle and Guitar” is a joint-production between Dioscaí Mandala and Pressure Records.
Music For Whistle And Guitar on The Session
The Session website provides a huge database of notation (and lots more information) for traditional music tunes. The link above is a collective page showing the notation to most of the tracks on my Music For Whistle And Guitar album. By browsing to any tune from within The Session website you can also see what other musicians have recorded those tunes.
Track Listing & Listen
|01||Through The Fields / The Man Of The House / The Shores of Lough Rea|
|02||Morrison’s (Paddy Stack’s Fancy Jig) / The Tailor Small’s Double Jigs|
|03||Christmastime In Ashland
|04||The Foggy Dew
|05||The Wicklow Way|
|06||Sue’s Hornpipe / Last Train|
|07||Cufflink / Humours Of Tullycreen / Cufflink and Eileen Oge
|08||Down by the Glenside / The Sporting Paddy|
|10||Na Ceannabháin Bhána / The Killvail / The Old Flail|
Buy the Album
Music for Whistle & Guitar can be purchased from a number of sources, both in CD and MP3 formats. The following sources currently provide my Music for Whistle & Guitar album:
- Buy on iTunes (MP3)
- CCNow (CD)
- Irish Trad Tunes (MP3)
- eMusic (MP3)
- Amazon (MP3)
- Amazon (CD)
- Claddagh Records (CD)
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