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Music for Whistle & Guitar

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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.

Rath Oraibh
Steve Cooney

“Music for Whistle and Guitar” is a joint-production between Dioscaí Mandala and Pressure Records.

Tune Notation

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

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04 The Foggy Dew

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05 The Wicklow Way
06 Sue’s Hornpipe / Last Train
07 Cufflink / Humours Of Tullycreen / Cufflink and Eileen Oge

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08 Down by the Glenside / The Sporting Paddy
09 Music Box
10 Na Ceannabháin Bhána / The Killvail / The Old Flail
11 Ogham Ripples

 

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Reviews

 

Dale Wisley, Chiff and Fipple, 04/03/01
Fintan Vallely, The Sunday Tribune, 04/03/01
John O'Regan, Irish Music, April 2001
Mich Nielsen Danish, Irish Newsletter, December 2000
Michael Moll, Irish Music Magazine, February 2001
John O'Regan, Irish Music, February 2001
Siobhán Long, The Irish Times, 11/05/01
Siobhán Long, The Irish Times, 17/05/01
Mic Moroney, Muse
Chuck Lipsig, Green Man Review
Michael Pierse, An Phoblacht/Republican News, 19/07/01