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Éalú

by Various Artists

Within Eálú, Cormac Breatnach has spread his wings far and wide, featuring a range of individualist musicians, diverse traditions and musical genres that might be better understood as a programmatic endeavour with a narrative inviting imaginative correlations with the music. Featuring expert musicians including Fiachra Trench, Roger Doyle, Steve Cooney, Brian Dunning, and more popular voices such as Vanessa Williams among notable others; Éalú opens out like a large concept board, where the artist offers an intuitive response to the influences, experiences, and performers that have shaped his music over time.
Genre: World: Celtic
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1. The Minded Set: The Minded / the Old Favourite / El Mar Picado / Chugat an Púca / the Butterfly (feat. Gavin Ralston, Aongus Ralston, Paul Mcateer, Robbie Harris, Roger Doyle, Fiachra Trench, Eamon Murray & Martin Dunlea)
Cormac Breatnach, Seán Whelan & Aoife Doyle
6:41 $0.99
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2. The Universal Sun (feat. Gavin Ralston, Paul Mcateer, Robbie Harris, Niwell Tsumbu, Uché Gabriel Akujobi, Fiachra Trench, Aoife Doyle & Aongus Ralston)
Cormac Breatnach
5:42 $0.99
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3. Éalú: Male Caoineadh / Ciúnas / The Somnambulist / Beautiful Refuge / Fahren Links / Female Caoineadh / Spraoi / Rang 1981 (feat. Paul Mcateer, Robbie Harris, Aongus Ralston, Brian Dunning, Fiachra Trench & Aoife Doyle)
Cormac Breatnach, Roger Doyle, Gavin Ralston, Kokia & Seán Whelan
9:30 $0.99
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4. All Saints: Land of Open Welcome / the Minstrel Boy (feat. Paul Mcateer, Fiachra Trench, Aongus Ralston, Martin Dunlea & Robbie Harris)
Cormac Breatnach, Seamus Brett, Vanessa Williams & Gavin Ralston
6:28 $0.99
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5. 1916: Steal a Kiss / Storm Clouds Brewing Above the Honourable Road / Cnocán Na Teampall / Mairseáil Alasdroim (feat. Fiachra Trench, Gavin Ralston, Aongus Ralston, Robbie Harris & Paul Mcateer)
Cormac Breatnach, Jaimé Munoz & Roger Doyle
7:26 $0.99
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6. Spain & the Basque Country: Foxtrot De Algora / Iberia / Zapigaren Eguna / Mendiokerra (feat. Gavin Ralston, Mike Considine, Paul Mcateer, Fiachra Trench, Carlos Beceiro & Aoife Doyle)
Cormac Breatnach, Robbie Harris, Jorge Arribas, Diego Galaz & Jaimé Munoz
6:54 $0.99
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7. Slán & Breatnach: Song from the Grave / the Funerals / A Tribute to the Lives of Deasún & Lucy / The Beginning (feat. Jorge Arribas, Fiachra Trench & Paul Mcateer)
Cormac Breatnach, Aoife Doyle, Maire Breatnach & Steve Cooney
6:35 $0.99
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Within Eálú, Cormac Breatnach has spread his wings far and wide, featuring a range of individualist musicians, diverse traditions and musical genres that might be better understood as a programmatic endeavour with a narrative inviting imaginative correlations with the music. Featuring expert musicians including Fiachra Trench, Roger Doyle, Steve Cooney, Brian Dunning, and more popular voices such as Vanessa Williams among notable others; Éalú opens out like a large concept board, where the artist offers an intuitive response to the influences, experiences, and performers that have shaped his music over time. The album is effectively produced by Gavin Ralston, it is quick shifting and emotive, a musical response to an extra-musical narrative that documents Cormac’s life as much as his music.

While clearly coming within the genres typically filed under Celtic/Irish/World, it is perhaps somewhat unjust to try to contextualise this collection within our expectations or familiarity with these genres. Éalú appears as an outward exposition of the artist’s interest in expanding his expression and ultimately his sound. Increasingly today, high performing musicians are exploring their own musicality within what might be loosely termed as traditional & improvised music, sometimes taking us on an inward journey as experienced by way of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh among others, or as in Cormac’s case in outward, expansive gestures, more like a filmic collage drawing on jazz, popular, and romantic settings of the melodies.

Éalú is a departure on Cormac’s earlier discography, notably his more intimate and classical renderings of traditional tunes in the form of his duet with guitarist Martin Dunlea and released as “Music for Whistle & Guitar” (DM CD02, 2001). While listeners of “Musical Journey” (DM CD01, 1998), will also here experience his penchant for moving across genres. While the tracks are for the most part over 6 min long, favourites are ‘Éalú’, ‘1916’, and ‘Slán & Breatnach’; while ‘The Universal Sun’ and ‘Spain & the Basque Country’ bring more familiar renditions of traditions styles. Éalú is irrepressible, and will not fail to move or delight the expectant listener.

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