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The Long Long Note

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Irish Traditional music came under the spotlight in the seventies, thanks to the ground breaking work of such bands as Sweeney’s Men, Planxty and The Bothy Band. These groups exposed a whole crop of younger musicians to the creative possibilities in a mountain of music as old as the hills.

Here on this recording Cormac Breatnach, Niall Ó Callanáin and Paul O’Driscoll, three of that younger crop, display their creative musicality. Both founding members of the highly innovative, but short lived, Meristem, Cormac and Niall have been playing together since their school days.

In this trio format, which is the ideal compromise between solo and group playing, they perform a mixture of traditional and original music in a style that reflects not just their traditional roots and modern influences but their own musical souls as well.

I love and enjoy their music, I hope you, the listener, will too.

Brian Dunning

Tune Notation

The Long Long Note 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 The Long Long Note 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 Shores Of Loch Ghamhna

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02 Sí Beag, Sí Mór

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03 Raindrops/The First Of May
04 My Love I Miss Her So

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05 Long (Long) Note
06 Soporific / The Rights Of Man
07 Mná na hÉireann
08 Stranger At The Gate / Boston Blues
09 Lord Inchiquin
10 Lakeside

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Reviews

Nuala O'Connor, The Irish Times


Oliver P. Sweeney, Hot Press
Trish Murphy, D Event Guide