Phil O'Flaherty | Too Fond of Walking

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Too Fond of Walking

by Phil O'Flaherty

Phil O'Flaherty's first solo recording, is a rich and seamless collection of traditional and original songs. It is at once imbued with Celtic sadness and warmth. Ethereal, yet earthy.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Dowey Houms of Yarrow/Cooley's Reel
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2. When First I Went to Caledonia
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3. Courtin' In the Kitchen
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4. Doubt
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5. Handsome Molly
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6. It's All Right
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7. Dandelion Smile
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8. Cinderella
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9. Wild Rover/The Road to Hell
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10. Icarus
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Phil O'Flaherty experienced emigration from Ireland as an eight year old. 'My job was to carry a bag of shoes and an old mandolin. We literally carried our music with us and managed to stay in touch with the music scene in Ireland'. Even as a teen in the late seventies and early eighties, O'Flaherty rejected the music enjoyed by his peers in favour of the folk and traditional sounds emanating from his native land. 'Music was important to me, but I wasn't finding much inspiration in the established popular music of the late seventies'.

Those were exciting days for Irish music. Bands like Planxty and the Bothy Band,and singers such as Paul Brady were creating arrangements of traditional songs,reels and jigs that were driven by guitar, bouzouki, mandola and mandolin. 'When I heard that [music] my imagination was ignited and I knew it was something I had to try myself'.

It wasn't until the early 90's that Phil, along with Greg Hooper, Conan Daly and Cam Keating formed Scatter the Mud, one of Canada's most traditional, yet innovative Celtic bands. Before the band dissolved in 2001, they had recorded two CDs and toured Canada from coast to coast. Scatter the Mud was the band that the Celtic craze of a few years ago missed. 'When we started playing, it was a hard sell. It seemed that few really cared that much for Celtic music. Suddenly bands from the East coast were doing really well playing Celtic influenced folk. There was a lot of pressure, especially when playing the pub circuit, to jump on that band wagon but we didn't. The rest is obscurity'.

These days Phil is concentrating on song writing and a solo career. Phil's first solo CD, Too Fond of Walking, is a mix of traditional and original songs. There is not, however, a clear delineation of where traditional interpretation ends and original song writing begins. 'Some of the traditional songs are only left with the original lyrics. The melodies to WildRover and Dowey Houms of Yarrow, for example, are my own creations but the words, of course, are the originals'. When asked about a Celtic influence in his new recording, Phil says, 'Irish music, particularly the song tradition, informs everything I create musically, but so does pop music, bluegrass and jazz although not in any obvious way. Any song I perform or record is carried in my own baggage. The new recording is Celtic for sure, but a lot more than that as well. It reflects where I'm at presently. Perhaps it's a transition, but I think I'm always in transition'.

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Mary Z. Cox

I'd walk from Tallahassee to Caledonia to hear Phil play!
Haunting, Celtic, fresh and wonderful! Exquisite sound--beautiful music, thoughtful arrangements--and recorded right up there with the best of the best--but real--instead of commercially slick.
I had never heard of Phil or his music before I chanced upon this CD, but now I'd walk from Tallahassee to Caledonia with my four banjos on my back just to hear him play. He turns traditional tunes into something magical. My favorite tracks:
Dowey Houms of Yarrow,
When I first went to Caledonia,
Handsome Molly,
Wild Rover.
I've got a huge CD collection and this one really stands out as special!
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Shelly O'Connor

This is probably my favourite CD
This Cd has been a gift to atleast four of our friends and they LOVE it. Anyone who loves a beautiful soulful voice and a mix of english lyrics with celtic harmony will greatly enjoy this CD. It is easy listening yet thoughtful and moving. Friends keep asking if he's made another one yet!..I pulled up this web site to find out....
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Jethro Murphy

A Night Out
Mr Phil O'Flaherty is my Lover's Uncle or something. Not sure meself. Three things I am sure of though: 1. We should have another few scoops of Guinness at Stoops, 2. Annette and I love this album, 3. You don't look like an ostrich!! When you guys coming back to visit??!!?? Get in touch O'Flaherty's!!!
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