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Cormac Begley

by Cormac Begley

This is the first solo album in traditional Irish music to feature Bass, Baritone, Treble and Piccolo concertinas and highlights some of the instrument's possibilities across seven octaves and introduces the use of drones, note bends and air percussion.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Reels: The Yellow Tinker / Ríl Mhór Bhaile an Chalaidh
2:13 album only
2. Polkas: Polka John / Camino Polka
2:42 album only
3. Schottisches: Joe Bane’s / The Streamstown Jig
2:31 album only
4. Jig: An Cat Is a Máthair
1:42 album only
5. Air: Rocking the Cradle
2:31 album only
6. Schottisches: An Síog / Bonnie Scotland / Bill O Malley’s
3:19 album only
7. Reels: Paddy Canny’s Pigeon on the Gate / The Dairy Maid
2:51 album only
8. Air: Beauty Deas an Oileain
4:26 album only
9. Reels: The Fermoy Lasses
1:56 album only
10. Jigs: Donncha Ó Loinsigh’s / The Wounded Healer
2:10 album only
11. Slides: Merrily Kiss the Quaker / The Lisheen Slide
3:08 album only
12. Polka: Frenzy Polka
2:24 album only
13. Reels: John Dwyer’s / McGettrick’s
4:36 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
All of the pieces of music that feature on this album instantly struck a chord with me the first time
I heard them. My approach here has been simply to connect as honestly as possible with them. I
wanted to produce a solo concertina album using the full range of concertinas from bass, baritone,
treble to piccolo, and to highlight some of the instrument’s possibilities spanning across seven
octaves. Each track is one take, featuring one concertina and are all free from studio manipulation.
I have sourced previously unrecorded music, new compositions and other tunes within the tradition
that have been my companions and my internal sound track during my life to date.

I’d like to dedicate this album to my family and extended family from Baile an Rua Bhroic (Baile
Reo and Baile na Buck), those who are still with us and those who have passed, as well as the
numerous musicians who have encouraged and influenced me. - Cormac Begley

Only in the case of very few musicians does one become aware of a music that draws on the
essence of life itself, the mountains and the seas and the people who moulded this world before
us. Cormac Ó Beaglaoich is one such musician. He has a natural and unique understanding of
the rhythms of Irish music. In this way he immerses us into the heart and soul of the music of his
native Kerry and well beyond. There is emotion and excitement in this music tempered through
Cormac’s own heart and soul which gives a new freedom to concertina playing. - Mary Mac Namara

The name ‘Begley’ is synonymous with an Ghaeltacht, Corca Dhuibhne and west-Kerry and with
the songs, slides, and polka tradition of that area. Cormac Begley, is an entirely committed and
dedicated musician! And a brave one! On this recording you will experience the full spectrum of
his musical journey. It began with nature and nurture but has culminated here in a statement from
a man musically possessed. He has created a new, energetic and exciting style of music on the
concertina. He injects his body and heart into his music in a way that enables us to experience it
at a very deep level. This is the music of passion and optimism, a music that reverberates with the
soul of an ancient place, with its geography, its history and its emotion; a treat for the listener who
might pass this way....... mar is é seo ‘Beauty Deas an Oileáin’. - Noel Hill



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