This album is a celebration of the great musical region of Sliabh Luachra where both Colm and I are proud to come from and it includes rare material from some of the area’s legendary figures such as Padraig O’Keeffe, Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford, Johnny O’Leary and Paddy Cronin.
We carried out lots of research in picking the material for this album and much of the repertoire that features in it has never previously been recorded before. We ensured that each tune selected on the album had a connection with the area and we included tunes associated with as many different Sliabh Luachra musicians as possible, both the extremely well-known player’s but also the lesser known local hero’s. The big aim of this album was to keep it very much theme based and in our case this relates to resurrecting old music from the past and remembering fondly those who we learned it from.
It was recorded in Tureencahill National School which is the townland where I come from myself, and not too far away from ”where the bog is”. This is an expression of our respect and appreciation for the music and history of our native Sliabh Luachra. Since Colm and I began playing together some years ago, we have had a shared interest in researching and playing our local music. We’ve also enjoyed enjoyed hearing the yarns associated with the music. As previously stated the album features a host of rare tunes but also not so rare material from the area as we wanted to ensure that the balance was right between the two.
We acquired the music from various sources such as original recordings and manuscripts as well as commercial publications such as Terry Moylan’s ”Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra”, and the renowned O’Neill and Breathnach collections. It has always been our intention to stay true to the unique Sliabh Luachra style and we have tried to convey this musical approach on our album.