Anna Falkenau | Féileacán na Saoirse

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Féileacán na Saoirse

by Anna Falkenau

A superb CD of airs and dance tunes from the Irish and American old-time traditions. Superlative fiddle playing with spellbinding expressiveness, taking us to the core of some of the most deeply felt music in the Irish tradition (Jackie Small).
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The House On the Hill / The Leading Role
2:59 $0.99
2. Sally Coming Through the Rye
2:40 $0.99
3. Fitzgerald's / Bushmill's
3:22 $0.99
4. The Wounded Hussar
3:33 $0.99
5. The Coolea Jig / Páidín Ó Raifeartaigh
2:23 $0.99
6. Richmond
2:25 $0.99
7. Ivan's Waltz
3:23 $0.99
8. O'Rahilly's Grave / Féileacán Na Saoirse
5:21 $0.99
9. Vodka and Chocolate
3:04 $0.99
10. The Sporting Pitchfork / The High Part of the Road / The Connachtman's Rambles
3:45 $0.99
11. The Jolly Tinker / The Little Cascade
4:29 $0.99
12. Caoineadh Uí Néill / That's Right, Too!
5:05 $0.99
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Album Notes
Critic and Irish Music Expert Jackie Small estimates:

Soulful, fluent, inventive – the superlative fiddling of Anna Falkenau flows sweetly and with spellbinding expressiveness. On this superb CD she weaves a finely crafted musical tapestry from an intensely personal selection of airs and dance tunes from the Irish and American old-time traditions. Her delicate fiddling takes us to the core of some of the most deeply felt music in the Irish tradition and to infectious dance tunes, as well as to freshly composed music from herself and other fine tune makers of today.
Especially haunting are her mood-filled airs from Sliabh Luachra, the area of rushy hills in east Kerry and west Cork whose extraordinary heritage has enriched Irish music with some of the most heartfelt music in its long tradition.
On this CD Anna is supported masterfully by some of the most skilled accompanists in the contemporary Irish tradition.

Review in the Irish Music Magazine, August 2014:

Not a common Irish name, Falkenau: this young fiddler is originally from Germany, but has taken to Irish traditional music like a duck to – well – anywhere on Erin’s green isle! After a stint in Cork, and another in Connecticut, she’s well able to produce an album mixing Irish and American old–time music with some of her own compositions. Anna Faulkner’s sweet spot seems to be the junction of Irish and American music – she tops and tails this CD with a couple of Liz Carroll reels, and makes a lovely job of them. There’s a number of accompanists on Féileacán na Saoirse, and some fine unaccompanied fiddling too. Anna’s playing is folksy, earthy, not the usual German precision, and lends itself to slower tunes and to the raw Sliabh Luachra style: her version of The Wounded Hussar is spine–tingling over a fiddle drone which acknowledges its piping legacy.
The jump to The Coolea Jig shows a sprightly side of Anna’s music, a lighter mood which leavens the heavy dark modal tunes here – but to be honest I prefer that darker side. The growling harmonies on Sally Coming Through the Rye with a high bass tuning, the sawing slow suicide of Anna’s own Vodka & Chocolate or the abject despair of O’Rahilly’s Grave which I’d even say has a touch of the Martin Hayes genius about it in Anna’s hands. Ivan’s Waltz is sweet, with Holly Geraghty keeping the harp well grounded. A bit of banjo and accordion is always welcome on Richmond and Ard Bothar, and of course it’s great to hear a Scottish gem like G S McLennan’s Little Cascade. This fiddler’s real meat is dark and heavy, Caoineadh Ui Néill and even her own title track Féileacán na Saoirse.
Give this album a listen.
Alex Monaghan



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May 2015
“Hugely impressive debut recording by a German Galway-based fiddler who’s thoroughly immersed herself in both the Irish and old-timey traditions. Her tone is ever evocative and often captivating-imagine Denis Murphy meets Martin Hayes and both win!”