I had a productive few evenings in the studio with Michael McGoldrick recording my new Wooden Flute Album; ‘Dr. Dalrymple’s Fancy’, From Sligo to Asturias, A Musical Voyage Along the Atlantic Arc. It had been a good while since I’d recorded and Michael was great at settling me in and encouraging me to the enjoy the process. We decided to use click tracks for the guide tracks. This took some getting used to but they are useful when it comes to mixing and recording other musicians who will contribute their talents at a later date. Confirmed guests include David Kosky (The Mystery Inch) on Guitar, Ciarán Boyle (Last Night’s Fun, Skyhook) on Bodhrán and Michael McGoldrick.
I’ve got six guide tracks recorded and some lovely musicians lined up. I’ve been in Asturias carrying out fieldwork for my PhD in Ethnomusicology in the last few weeks. I’ve met some fabulous musicians and singers. I’m delighted to have secured the services of an Asturian singer who will melt your heart. I hope to be back in the studio in Manchester when I return to England in August. I’ll update you on guests when they’ve finished their contribution.
I’m intending to release the album myself but if there is a record label out there interested in working with me, do get in touch at email@example.com
Here’s the first track recorded straight to vinyl with www.latherevival.com. Thanks to Amanda Lewis (Fiddle) and Paul Daly (Flute) for their contribution.
I’ve been playing Traditional Irish Music for 41 years now and in the back of my mind I thought I’d like to make a flute album. A few years ago I decided to make music a central part of my everyday life and see what might happen.
Last year the great flute player Aoife Granville posted a link to the Ó Riada Gold Medal competition in Cork and suggested I entered (There’s details about the competition on another post on here). Although I didn’t win, the weekend in Cork, playing with other finalists and musicians and attended workshops on working professionally as Traditional Musician, gave me great inspiration. It’s leap year this year so on that extra day of this year I took a leap and told people that I was going to make my first solo album.
By coincidence I had a message from Michael McGoldrick about teaching the child of a friend of his. The conversation turned to my project and Michael offered to record the album at his studio in Manchester. So far guide tracks have been recorded and I am working with a number of musicians on arrangements.
I’m juggling this with being a stay at home dad (I am very lucky to be doing this), teaching privately and at the University of Sheffield Music Department as well working on my PhD on Asturian Flute playing.
The first track is complete, recorded up in Newcastle with the wonderful Lathe Revival. The video below is a taster of the track and explains how it came about. I hope you enjoy it. The full video will be released shortly. Let me know what you think and what it evokes for you.