TIM EDEY TO RELEASE SOLO GUITAR ALBUM – with special Scottish guest musician Patsy Reid

TIM EDEY 2013Tim Edey has announced that he will be releasing a solo album of guitar music this Augustaugmented by a string quartet led by popular Scottish fiddler Patsy Reid (you may remember Patsy from Breabach).  The album will be officially launched at Kent’s Broadstairs Folk Week in Tim’s home town and he will be closing the festival on Friday, August 16 with support from Devon duo Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (recently featured on folking).

Tim’s hot property in the contemporary worldwide Celtic music scene, his melodeon and guitar playing is featured prominently on Christy Moore’s 2011 album, and his touring and recording credits read like a who’s who of the Celtic scene: Capercaillie, Sharon Shannon, Lunasa, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Altan and Mary Black. Tim has also recorded an album with guest musicians Tim Edey: The Collective.

Tim has been in demand since his wins at the RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS in 2012 where he picked up both BBC  “MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR” and the BEST DUO award (with Brendan Power). He has guested on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday, Mike Harding and Simon Mayo  shows, BBC Radio 3’s “World on 3” and Radio 4’s Midweek and been seen on BBC South-East, Ireland’s RTE1 John Murray show and, with The Chieftains on Later with Jools Holland

Dividing his time between Scotland and Kent, he also released the eclectic The Best of Tim Edey – a superb 18-track album that charts the course of his career to date and showcases his collaborations with luminaries from the Celtic music world including Sharon Shannon, Ross Ainslie, Seamus Begley and Mike McGoldrick. It includes the track “Why”? which evolved into a tune questioning the condition OCD to which Tim is no stranger and with which he feels music has helped him cope.

Tim will be making several key appearances across the Atlantic this year. In July, he will perform at one of Canada’s biggest festivals – Stanfest – before appearing with top international fiddler Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy in Ontario and, in October, returning to Cape Breton’s world famous  Celtic Colours festival followed by a Canadian tour with multi award-winning JP Cormier, the Canadian bluegrass/folk/Celtic singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Back in the UK, Tim will appear at Derbyshire’s Edale Folk Festival in May and in August, Towersey Festival and Broadstairs Folk Week where he will launch his guitar album and do a CD signing. Then in November, he has been invited to return to Dougie Maclean’s Perthshire Amber Festival.

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ALTAN – The Poison Glen (Compass Records 4571)

There’s something reassuring about coming across a lyric or melody that you’re used to hearing even if it’s not in your native tongue. Such is the case with the track “Seolta Geala” and in as much as I’ve come to associate it with the gustily delivered shanty “Rio Grande” I stand to be corrected as I can’t confirm the lyrics having extensively trawled the net. I’ve often said before that even if I can’t understand a word of Gaelic it is how it’s presented that leaves me hot or cold depending on whose interpretation I’m listening to. When it’s in the more than capable hands of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and fellow band members Ciaran Curran, Ciaran Tourish, Daithi Sproule, Mark Kelly and Dermot Byrne I think you can safely assume everything is right with the world particularly after twenty-five years of the band performing together. Whether it’s the straight forward ‘no frills’ approach they take with their instrumental set-pieces including established favourites “A Fig For A Kiss” or the uncommonly slow arrangement of “The Wheels Of The World” this recording may possibly prove somewhat pedestrian for the general public (and even some ‘folk’ audiences) but personally I’ve come to enjoy the more laid-back approach in the twilight of my years…or is that a case of me being ageist? This recording may not perhaps be a rip-snorting blaze of pyrotechnics but if you’re looking for something deliciously Celtic to sit alongside your Ed Sheeran CD you’ll doubtless enjoy this release.

PETE FYFE

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MAIREAD NI MHAONAIGH – Imeall (Moon1)

I first met the beautiful Irish chanteuse Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh in 1978 when she performed at St Mary’s Church Hall in Hastings (rather uncharitably re-christened ‘the bomb factory’…you work it out…by the local residents of the town) whilst working with the fledgling acoustic group Altan. Since then of course the band have gone from strength to strength and this recording is Mairead’s first solo project in all that time. The old question of whether the album has stretched her musically speaking is “No…not really” but then again, who wouldn’t want to make the most of an opportunity to surround themselves with the cream of the Irish ‘folk’ glitterati including, amongst others Manus Lunny (bouzouki, programming and vocals etc), Michael McGoldrick (Uilleann pipes and Flute) and Tim Edey on guitars. Lunny also comes into his own as producer deftly placing just the correct amount of nuanced accompaniment where it’s required. Although I suppose the album will appear rather pedestrian for some tastes (but not those who have followed Mhaonaigh’s career to date) there are spirited renditions of the Gaelic song “Gardai ‘n Ri” with its riff and percussion driven sound and the fiddle led instrumental set-piece “Highlands/The Red Crow” for those wishing a quick jig around the table in Pat Cohen’s pub from ‘The Quiet Man’. All-in-all, this is a very nice CD to chill-out to. PETE FYFE

MAIREAD NI MHAONAIGH – Imeall (Moon1)

I first met the beautiful Irish chanteuse Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh in 1978 when she performed at St Mary’s Church Hall in Hastings (rather uncharitably re-christened ‘the bomb factory’…you work it out…by the local residents of the town) whilst working with the fledgling acoustic group Altan. Since then of course the band have gone from strength to strength and this recording is Mairead’s first solo project in all that time. The old question of whether the album has stretched her musically speaking is “No…not really” but then again, who wouldn’t want to make the most of an opportunity to surround themselves with the cream of the Irish ‘folk’ glitterati including, amongst others; Manus Lunny (bouzouki, programming and vocals etc), Michael McGoldrick (Uilleann pipes and Flute) and Tim Edey on guitars. Lunny also comes into his own as producer deftly placing just the correct amount of nuanced accompaniment where it’s required. Although I suppose the album will appear rather pedestrian for some tastes (but not those who have followed Mhaonaigh’s career to date) there are spirited renditions of the Gaelic song “Gardai ‘n Ri” with its riff and percussion driven sound and the fiddle led instrumental set-piece “Highlands/The Red Crow” for those wishing a quick jig around the table in Pat Cohen’s pub from ‘The Quiet Man’. All-in-all, this is a very nice CD to chill-out to.

PETE FYFE

ALTAN – 25th Anniversary Celebration (IRL044)

Is it really 25 years ago that I first saw Altan performing in Hastings at a hastily put together gig in the non too salubrious setting of the local Catholic hall? I do remember fondly though the rapturous applause from an astonished packed audience. Of course, since then the band have gone on to world domination with their trademark brand of traditional/contemporary folk music. Fronted by the beautiful, delicate vocals and fiddle playing of Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh joined by Ciaran Tourish (fiddle), Dermot Byrne (accordions), Ciaran Curran (bouzouki) and Mark Kelly (guitar) the band have nothing to prove when it comes to musical virtuosity although to make things slightly different this time round the icing on the cake…as if any were needed…is provided by the ‘backing’ band The RTE Concert Orchestra. In many respects this recording takes me back to the days when I first heard the James Last Orchestra performing traditional Irish standards only here it’s executed with a little more subtlety and class. Delving into their back catalogue Altan have a wealth of great material to choose from and included here are the jaunty “Is The Big Man Within/Tilly Finn’s Reel”, the melancholy “I Wish My Love Was A Red, Red Rose” and the infectiously string driven “Comb Your Hair And Curl It/Gweebarra Bridge”. For nostalgia’s sake alone it’s nice to have a new album by the band but let’s hope it isn’t another five years before the next one.

PETE FYFE

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