Gailfean | Won't You Come out Tonight

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Won't You Come out Tonight

by Gailfean

Won’t You Come Out Tonight is an album that is sure to delight! Gailfean is a dynamic group built on top ight musicianship that plays with a deeply felt camaraderie – expect a lively enthralling journey through the Irish Diaspora with this Bonny Bunch!
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1. Spikeisland Lassies / Tom Moylan's / Donegal Traveler (Reels)
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2. Sarah
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3. Cuckoo Hornpipe / The Western (Hornpipes) [Live]
2:40 $0.99
4. Bony Bunch of Roses / Redican's Bow / Seán Sa Cheo (Air & Reels)
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5. Nil 'na Lá
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6. My Ballingarry Lady (Waltz)
2:49 $0.99
7. Whistling Postman / Berehaven (Reels) [Live]
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8. Hunting the Hare / Swaggering / Hardiman the Fiddler (Slip Jigs)
3:42 $0.99
9. Heenan & Sayers (Live)
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10. Finbarr Dwyer's / Tom Wards Downfall / The Maid I Ne'er Forgot (Reels)
3:42 $0.99
11. Castle Hyde
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12. Óró 'sé Do Bheatha 'bhaile
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13. Paddy Kellys Reels / Finbar Dwyer's (Reels)
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Album Notes
Gailfean, a word that means “rough weather” in Irish, is a US-based traditional music group of rare talent that has released its debut CD Won’t You Come Out Tonight. Featuring All-Ireland champions Brian Conway, Máirtín de Cógáin, and John Whelan, and renowned musician and festival organizer Don Penzien, the group was “blown together” in Texas at the O’Flaherty Irish Music Retreat in 2012 as Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast. Gailfean is a group that plays “pure drop” traditional Irish music at the highest level and their live performances have thrilled audiences throughout the United States. Won’t You Come Out Tonight shows exactly why.
Each of the band’s members is well known in the traditional music community. Brian, who grew up in the Bronx, is the cornerstone of the vaunted New York/Silgo fiddling tradition. His direct influences include legendary fiddlers Martin Mulvihill, Martin Wynne, and Andy McGann, and he proudly carries on the legacy they left. He’s one of the best, having made an indelible mark on the music through several beloved albums and in the acclaimed group The Pride of New York (with Billy McComiskey, Joanie Madden, and Brendan Dolan).
Máirtín, the man from Cork, is a renowned singer, bodhrán player, and storyteller. A true seanachaí, he channels his youthful energy and guile to evoke the spirit of old Ireland. A fluent speaker of Irish (Gaelic), he inherited his love of the Teanga na Gael from his parents, who brought him up in a bilingual house. He developed his vocal talents under the tutelage of Danni Maichi Ua Súilleabháin, Séamus Mac Mathúna, and Ciarán Dwyer, and his bodhrán playing under Eric Cunningham (The New De Danann) and Colm Murphy (The Old De Danann). A member of The Máirtín de Cógáin Project & The Fuchsia Band, Máirtín’s infectious personality makes him one of the great entertainers on the scene today.
Don, who for nearly three decades has programmed CelticFest in Jackson, Mississippi, is a guitarist whose reserved and artful approach to backing has grounded several performing groups including The Máirtín de Cógáin Project, Beirt le Chéile, and Captain Mackey’s Goatskin & String Band. A Michigan native with roots in the Irish culture and a strong af nity for Celtic music, Don learned from Zan McLeod and Dáithí Sproule and has performed widely with musicians including Randal Bays, Tim Britton, Pauline Conneely, Tony DeMarco, Bridget Fitzgerald, Billy McComiskey, Martin O’Connell, Patrick Ourceau, and Caitlin Warbelow.
Like Brian, John is one of Irish music’s major figures. A young prodigy on London’s Irish music scene in the 1970s, John established his bona fides early and moved to the US in 1980, where he crossed over to the accordion’s wild side. His first recording with Eileen Ivers was an instant classic, as were his six subsequent critically acclaimed solo albums. His music has appeared on productions for HBO, the History Channel, NBC, FOX, and PBS, and on multiple lm soundtracks. John was named the Irish Echo newspaper’s Traditionalist of the Year for 1998 but for the last twenty years, John has toured the US and Europe as leader of the popular John Whelan Band. He is undoubtedly one of the top accordionists and composers in the tradition today and brings a unique energy to Gailfean’s sound.

• “[Brian Conway is] one of the finest Irish-American musician fiddlers”– Dirty Linen Magazine • Irish Echo’s Top Trad Artist for 2008
• “Máirtín is a superb entertainer and a fine gentleman [...] (He) is where it’s happening!” – Bryan Kelso Crow, Celtic Connections
• “Cork’s Máirtín de Cógáin [...] is a wonder-ful, total entertainer. Bigtime new talent!” – Bill Margeson,
• “Penzien [plays with] thoughtful, precisely placed chords and runs.” – Newtown Bee
• “[Whelan’s] soulful playing revives and instrument unnecessarily reviled for too long.”– L.A. Times
• “Whelan has a special way with ac- cordion. He doesn’t just play tunes, he manages to get inside a melody and wring every ounce of feeling from within” – Irish Edition



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