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The Waylaid Man

by Michael McCague

"Here we have a body of music by Michael Mc Cague that gives us invaluable insight into his deeply personalised compositions. I have no doubt that this is going to take its place in traditional Irish music and remain valid for years to come" (John Carty)
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1. At Liberty / On Home Turf (Reels) [feat. Donal McCague & Brian McGrath]
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2. The Peasant's Lot / Delights of the Soul / I Ain't Never Heard No Horse Sing a Song (Jigs) [feat. Oisin MacDiarmada]
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3. The Briar Hotel / Whiskey Hollow (Reels) [feat. Brian McGrath & Donal McCague]
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4. Other Times, Other Places / Take 'er Back a Bit / Great Minds Seldom Differ (feat. Donal McCague & John McSherry)
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5. The Shadow Jig (feat. John McSherry & Oisin MacDiarmada)
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6. No Time for Time / Fermat's Di-Lemma (Eastern) [feat. Nollaig Casey & John McSherry]
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7. An Early Start / Been and Gone / Fleeting Moments (Reels) [feat. Oisin MacDiarmada]
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8. The Waylaid Man / The Prince of Leisure / Back to the Source (March / Jigs) [feat. Donal McCague]
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9. The Rambles of T.J. (Barndance) [feat. Donal McCague & Brian McGrath]
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10. The Wandering Seven / Trace Elements / A Wee Spout (feat. Nollaig Casey, Darragh Murphy & Ryan O Donnell)
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11. Wet Behind the Ears / Not for the Want of Trying (Polkas) [feat. John McSherry & Nollaig Casey]
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12. Just the Thing / The Two Owens / Venice Bound (Jigs) [feat. Donal McCague]
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13. The St. Johnston Reel / The Gradam Reel / The Crooked Tree (Reels) [feat. Donal McCague]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“The Waylaid Man” is an album of original compositions in the traditional idiom offered up by Michael Mc Cague. This highly individual and personal project sees the culmination of over a year’s composing, studio work and collaboration with some of the most inspiring and highly regarded musicians currently on the circuit.
The compositions cover the broad spectrum of reels, jigs, slides, barndances, polkas and an Eastern European styled set.
Solos and duets are delicately balanced with Michael being the ever present accompanist and arranger. Brian McGrath and Donal Mc Cague tease out some real old sounds and a never before heard pairing of Oisin Mac Diarmada and John McSherry appears in the mix!
The names John McSherry and Nollaig Casey will be instantly recognisable as the great pairing from Coolfin and they reconnect beautifully here on a couple of highly energetic tracks.
Tying it all together is Mc Cague, who has worked in a substantial manner with most of his guests in bands such as At First Light with McSherry, At The Racket with McGrath, Mac Diarmada as a guest with Teada, not forgetting his brother Dónal.
“Here we have a body of music by Michael Mc Cague that gives us an invaluable insight into his deeply personalised compositions. I have no doubt that this collection is going to take its place in traditional Irish music and remain valid for years to come” (John Carty)


Inlay Notes

1) Reels – At Liberty / On Home Turf
Michael (guitar, bouzouki), Dónal (fiddle), Brian (banjo, keys)

The name of the first references the genius that was Tommie Potts. I love listening to his
music and tried to get his quirk of rolling over less common beats of a tune here. The 2nd
title references the studies of Seán Mc Elwain into Monaghan / Fermanagh music.


2) Jigs – The Peasant’s Lot / Delights of the Soul / I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song
Michael (guitar, bouzouki) Oisín (fiddles)

This first tune is in 3/4 and 4/4 time and is a thoughtful wandering thing with a touch of
melancholy. The second gives off a sense of joy I feel. The title of the last one is a great
quote of Louis Armstrong’s!


3) Reels – The Briar Hotel / Whiskey Hollow
Michael (guitar, high-strung), Brian (banjo, keys), Dónal (fiddle)

Many’s the man has ended up staying in the The Briar after a few libations too many!
Whiskey Hollow is a local spot about 50 metres from my home. Brian and Dónal
navigate their way through the briars whiskey free!


4) March / Jig / Reel – Other Times, Other Places / Take ‘er back a bit / Great Minds Seldom Differ
Michael (guitars, keyboards, bouzouki), Dónal (fiddle), John (pipes)

Music can evoke memories of other times and places. The 2nd is a phrase of TJ Connolly’s
if he felt you were speeding up a tune! The last one knits together two well-known phrases!


5) The Shadow Jig
Michael (guitar, bouzouki), John (pipes, low whistle), Oisín (fiddle)

I came up with the chords to this tune before I had a melody. While listening to jazz guitarist
Barney Kessel’s version of “The Shadow of Your Smile”, I felt his ideas could be applied
to jig time.


6) No Time For Time / Fermat’s Di-lemma
Michael (guitar/bouzouki), Nollaig (fiddle), John (uilleann pipes/whistle)

These are two tunes I wrote in an Eastern European style when I was in a musically different period. I was listening to a lot of Macedonian music. The first is very experimental with 3 parts of different meter (18/8, 10/8, 7/8) and the second is a“straightforward” 7/8 tune.


7) Reels – An Early Start / Been and Gone / Fleeting Moments
Michael (bouzouki, guitar) Oisín (fiddle)

We start here with the first reel I wrote. Many great musicians have “Been and Gone” that
hugely influenced me. The key and mood of the final tune suggested its name to me. As
musicians we all have those great moments playing where nothing else matters.


8) March / Jigs – The Waylaid Man / The Prince of Leisure / Back to the Source
Michael (guitar, bouzouki), Dónal (fiddle)

Danny Meehan gave me a name for this 4 part march when we played fiddles together at the
Fleadh in Cavan, 2012. When Donal heard the tune he asked me “Have you been borrowing
from Tommy again?!” It’s played once here recapping with the 1st part again. The name of
the 2nd suits its delivery here. The final tune is the 1st tune I wrote and one of my favourites.


9) Barndance – The Rambles of T.J.
Michael (guitar, high-strung guitar), Brian (banjo), Dónal (fiddle)

I love the carefree, good-time feel of barndances. No better boys to add the whimsical
notes than Brian and Donal. I dedicate this to a great music lover, T.J. Connolly


10) Medley – The Wandering Seven / Trace Elements / A Wee Spout.
Michael (bouzouki, keys), Nollaig (fiddle), Darragh (pipes, low whistle), Ryan (banjo)

The first tune is in 7/4 and is a long flowing descriptive melody. Slides are becoming so rarely played it seems they’re becoming akin to the vital trace elements for healthy living. “A Wee Spout” of tae is never a bad thing.


11) Polkas - Wet behind the Ears / Not for the want of trying
Michael (guitar, bouzouki, bass), John (pipes, low whistle), Nollaig (Fiddle)

These are two polkas I wrote when listening to the great albums “Meitheal” and the
self titled “Donal Lunny”. The first tune tries to capture the lift of that duet and the
2nd seems to be a 3/4 time polka if that’s possible!


12) Jigs – Just The Thing / The Two Owens / Venice Bound
Michael (guitar, bouzouki), Dónal (fiddle)

The first tune is just the thing for the fiddle. The Two Owens is written for two relations – my grandfather Owen Mc Cooey and my granduncle Owen Mc Cague, who was one of the great traditional fiddle players.


13) Reels – The St. Johnston Reel / The Gradam Reel / The Crooked Tree
Michael (guitars, bouzouki), Dónal (fiddle)

I’ve always loved Tommy Peoples’ music so I named the first after his home town. The
2nd one came to me when Donal received the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award. He played it
on the night. The Crooked Tree is a moral tale I heard through Tom Waits.

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