GIRO | Galway International Retro Orchestra

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Galway International Retro Orchestra


Based in Galway City in the West of Ireland, the musicians of GIRO play a unique mix of traditional music from Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Ireland, performed on authentic instruments of the period.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sunshine Hornpipe / Busby's
3:54 $0.99
2. Lively Honga
3:44 $0.99
3. The Galway Races
2:25 $0.99
4. The Dancing Pancake / Odessa Bulgar
4:03 $0.99
5. Inge Schottis / Skotsk Etter Edvard Tuvan
4:19 $0.99
6. Cine Nu Stie Ce-L Dorul / Jumatate De Joc
4:43 $0.99
7. Israel
4:56 $0.99
8. Bridget Flynn
2:50 $0.99
9. Far from Home Set
3:54 $0.99
10. Sarna Gamla Brudmarsch / The Devon Court Gypsies
5:13 $0.99
11. O'Carolan's Waltzes / Rocking the Baby
6:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Galway International Retro Orchestra started as a project between a group of international musicians living in Galway city on the west coast of Ireland where they met one another while playing traditional Irish music. Eventually they found that they had a shared interest in other musical styles of the early 20th century. This included music from the klezmer traditions of America, Israel and Hungary, music from the Romani traditions of Romania and Eastern Europe, traditional music from the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Denmark and Sweden, and of course, early recordings of Irish music as recorded by groups such as the Flannagan Brothers and Dan Sullivan's Shamrock Band. With this album GIRO has brought influences from recordings produced in the 1920s through the 40s together with several original compositions.

The musicians of GIRO represent an equally varied background:

Anders Trabjerg of Denmark has called Galway home for many years and is a stalwart of the local music scene. With GIRO he plays a one and third row melodeon reminiscent of the early recordings of P. J. Conlon on the Irish themed tracks, such as "Far From Home" or "The Sunshine Hornpipe and Busby's". When playing the continental five row accordion on the rest of the tracks, he provides the melodies, counter melodies, and a full powered bass section all on one instrument.

Mayo Yanachi of Japan plays fiddle on all tracks, a consummate virtuoso whether playing challenging klezmer pieces such as "Lively Honga" and "Israel," or bringing a delicate nuanced style to "O'Carolan's Waltzes." A classically trained violinist, Mayo also holds a Masters in Traditional Irish Music from the University of Limerick, and is well immersed in the traditions of the Galway session scene.

Geoff Ward of New Zealand is well known in Galway music circles, and plays clarinet, saxophone and banjolin. This impressive array of musical instruments often can be held responsive for GIRO's unique sound. Whether it's soulful clarinet on "Cine Nu Stie Ce-l Dorul," imaginative sax on "Inge Schottis," or wild and lively banjolin backing on a number of tracks, Geoff alternatively brings both a sense of humour and of melancholy to GIRO's music.

Kyle Borley of Canada is the singer, while also playing Irish concert flute and piccolo. His baritone voice is brought to the fore on the classic songs "The Galway Races" and "Bridget Flynn," in a style that hearkens to ballrooms and broadsides. He tackles the bulk of the album with a mixture of flute and piccolo, the former adding a fullness to round out the melodies against the fiddle, and the latter adding a just a hint of manic exhilaration.



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