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Musical Journey

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Musical Journey is Cormac Breatnach’s debut solo CD, released in July 1998, on Cormac’s own label, Dioscaí Mandala. It is a personal journey exploring the musical and cultural colors which influence his performance style, repertory and characteristic swing, which he brings to the music. A varied selection of pieces ranging from his favored polka form to songs carrying forth his Irish and Spanish identity, the pieces unite to portray an artist who is deeply rooted in his musical tradition but emotionally honest and willing to explore his own identity and to unselfconsciously allow it to emerge in its own inimitable form.

Musical Journey is a collection of tunes recorded with contributions from Máire Breathnach, Steve Cooney, Niall Ó Callanáin, Paul Mc Sherry, Garvan Gallagher, and Theo Dorgan amongst others. The arrangements are warm with careful and considered accompaniments, the tune versions adventurous taking one on an unexpected journey with sudden and spontaneous variation and improvisation.

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Tune Notation

Musical Journey 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 Musical Journey 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 Sporting Paddy / Adele
02 Tommy Whelan’s / Oíche Nollaig
03 Na Ceannabhain Bhana / A Perpignan / Fasten The Legging In Her / The Legacy
04 Port na bPucaí
05 The Humours Of Tullycreen / The Princess Royal

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06 Mujeres (Women)
07 The Britches Full Of Stitches / The Toda Klop / The Step Ahead Polka
08 La Molinera

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09 The Tailor Small’s Jig / The Battering Ram

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10 Maidin Luan Chincise / Sabhbh / Song For Sabhbh
11 The Belles Of Tipperary / Connie Connell’s / Cooley’s / Jennie Tie The Bonnet

 

Buy the Album
Musical Journey can be purchased from a number of sources, both in CD and MP3 formats. The following sources currently provide my Musical Journey album:

 

Reviews

 

Mic Moroney, The Irish Times
Siobhán Long, Hot Press
Lorcan Murphy, The Event Guide
Fintan Vallely, The Sunday Tribune
Pat Ahern - The Examiner
Jim Hayes, The Wicklow People
Máire Breatnach, Introduction to Musical Journey
Carole Baker, The Living Tradition
Don Meade, The Irish Voice, NY, USA
Cliff McGann, Chiff & Fipple
Mich G. Nielsen, The Danish Irish Society’s Newsletter
Steve Dieterich, 'Celtic Airs', WWUH Radio, Conneticut, USA
The Anglo-Celt Leisure
Alex Monaghan, The Living Tradition
Ivor Geraghty, The World of Hibernia Magazine, Ireland & the USA
Ciro De Rosa, World Music, Italy
Axel Schuldes, Irland Journal, Germany
Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine
Folk Roots, UK
Taplas, The Voice of Folk In Wales & The Borders, Wales
Michael Moll, FolkWorld CD Reviews
Carole Baker, The Living Tradition
Chuck Lipsig, Greenman Review
Ron Janssen, New Folk Sounds