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Ceol As Corcaigh: Music from Cork

by Chris Gray

Original music inspired by a year in Ireland, combining "elegant, uplifting melodies" on the Uilleann Pipes and Irish Whistles with intricate Irish and Middle Eastern rhythms on the Bodhrán and Riqq.
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1. Sunday's Well
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2. Seal in the Lee
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3. She Moved Through the Fair / Sligo Maid
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4. Na Blascaodaí
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5. Trip Jig
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6. Breithlá Sona
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7. Two & Eight
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8. Christmas Eve
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9. The Green Bridge
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10. Buachaill on Eirne / Mistress of the House
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11. Huntingtone Castle
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12. Mary Draper
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13. Máthar Lá
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14. Tom Rota Reels: Fermoy Lasses / Sporting Paddy / The Honeymoon
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15. Breithlá Sona Duit
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16. An Dros
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17. The Grand Slip
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18. My Dark Hair'd Girl
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album contains a series of compositions that I wrote and recorded during my first year in Cork, Ireland, one of the finest cities in the world for immersion in Irish traditional music. Through formal studies at University College Cork, and through frequenting the many local pubs, I was fortunate to hear much of the best in Irish music: from Johnny Neville at the Gables, where his beautiful songs of love and loss contrasted powerfully with rousing jigs and reels, to Arundó at Counihan’s, where percussion and spoons virtuoso Johnny “Bongos” Horgan met master piper and flautist, John Byrne. The following tunes were written to honor a great city and its wonderful people. I hope you enjoy. – Chris Gray, June 17, 2011

1. “Sunday’s Well” is the name of the street that the UCC music school – a renovated monastery – is built upon. The street winds up a large hill opposite the main campus, with spectacular views of St Fin Barre’s cathedral and the city below – especially during the evenings, when the perpetually cloudy skies are lit up by the setting sun. The cover art was painted after just such an evening.
2. “Seal in the Lee” – The River Lee divides Cork’s central city district from the surrounding hill town by a series of bridges. One afternoon, as I was walking into the city centre, I looked down into the river to find a seal staring back at me. He must have followed the salmon upstream.
3. “She Moved Through The Fair / Sligo Maid” – This is a traditional tune with arrangement inspired by the English Market, a vibrant network of covered alleyways filled with shops and vendors which winds through the heart of the city.
4 & 5. “Na Blascaodaí” & “Trip Jig” – These tunes were written following a trip to the Blasket Islands, or Na Blascaodaí as they’re known in Irish. Wild and windswept, they lie off the west coast of Kerry, once home to fishermen and farmers who have long since gone.
8. “Christmas Eve” – As Christmas approached, downtown cork was quickly bedecked with so many trees, wreaths, and lights that the whole city began to shimmer. Oliver Plunkett St was particularly beautiful, with lights hung between buildings and across the narrow street, forming a dazzling network of lights above our heads.
9. “The Green Bridge” – This tune was inspired by wonderful nights of dancing and music at the Clarion and the Boardwalk. From the quay beside the bar, we could see the intriguing sight of the Alfred St bridge, illuminated from below by brilliant green lights, and reflected in the peaceful waters of the River Lee.
12. “Mary Draper” – This song was penned after a series of afternoons spent learning Irish set and step dancing in the Music School’s Ó Riada Hall, and unforgettable evenings spent ‘rehearsing’ in the pubs in town. The lyrics for this tune are from the 19th century poem by the Irish poet, Charles Lever.
18. “My Dark Hair’d Girl” – This song was inspired by a very special girl that I met during my year in Ireland, and the wonderful times and countless adventures that we shared. From Cork to Galway, and from Dublin to the Aran Islands, Ireland would not have been the same without her. The lyrics are from the 19th century poem by the Irish poet, Samuel Lover, and are set to an original composition.

This album is dedicated to my dark hair’d girl.


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