Album launch with Andrew Mac Namara, Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn/ Janet Harbison/ Brian Hughes

Date: October 29, 2017

Doors: 17:00

Venue: London Irish Centre, Camden Square

Price: FREE

Album Launch as part of the 19th Return to Camden Town Festival

  • Andrew MacNamara, Karen Ryan and Pete Quinn
  • Janet Harbison
  • Brian Hughes

This is a FREE event in the London Irish Centre's Kennedy Hall. 

Tulla accordionist, Andrew Mac Namara and London fiddler, Karen Ryan first met and played music together at the Feakle. Traditional Music Festival in 1991. Over the 25 years since then, they’ve played together on and off in Feakle, Galway and London. During the last few years, Andrew and Karen have been joined by Karen’s husband, Liverpool pianist Pete Quinn, and the trio has played some high-powered sessions as part of the Feakle Festival at Pepper’s Bar each August. There seems to be a spontaneity and spark to the music when the three get together, which many have commented on.

This prompted their decision to record an album in Andrew’s house over two days in February 2017,
engineered, mixed and mastered by Matt Purcell. The album was launched at this year’s Willie Clancy
Summer School, with further performances at the Feakle Festival, the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in
Ennis, and Tunes in the Church in Galway. The CD will also be launched at this year’s Return to Camden
Town and Ennis Trad Festivals. The trio’s collective musical CVs include both solo and group albums.

Reviews of From Camden to Tulla received to date include:

"A beautiful and energetic album with wonderful bounce. Two thumbs way up."
Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo (US)

"Masterly renditions of some grand old tunes with that lift and vivacity born of a deep love and understanding of the music." Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine (Ireland)

Primarily a harpist, multi-instrumentalist Janet Harbison was born in Dublin in 1955. By 1981, she had won every Irish national harp competition and a number of international prizes, including the Isle of Man Millennium Competition and Festival International de l'Harpe Celtique (Awen Trophy). She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin College of Music and Cork University.

In 1984, she moved to Belfast to pursue doctoral research and was awarded a two-year Research Fellowship at the Institute of Irish Studies at Queens University, together with an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster, a Flax Trust award for her work with Irish music and Education toward Mutual Understanding (Peace and Reconciliation) in the North of Ireland and a number of awards for her work with the Belfast Harp Orchestra. She is currently Visiting Professor of (Irish) Music at the University of Ulster, Derry.

Brian Hughes began playing traditional Irish music at a very young age, in his home town of Athy Co Kildare. By the age of 14 yrs, Brian had made TV appearances and had won County, Provisional, and All Ireland Titles on Tin Whistle and Flute. It was around this time that Brian developed a keen interest in the art of Uilleann Piping, and he attended classes in the Pipers Club in Dublin for many years.

Over the following years, Brian became a well-known name in the world of traditional Irish music, and in 1997 he recorded and released his debut solo album, Whistle Stop, on the Gael Linn label.

Brian has also recorded on the Clo Iar Connachta label and to date has recorded 5 albums, including a beautiful Airs project with the multi-instrumentalist Garry O Briain, and also a major musical suite for Uilleann Pipes, Whistle and orchestra, which Brian composed to celebrate the 100 anniversary of Ernest Shackleton’s famous Endurance voyage.

Brian Hughes has recorded with the very best in traditional Irish music over the last 20 years. He has produced the greatest body of whistle music ever recorded, and he is widely regarded as being one of the finest whistle players of his generation.

Brian has been teaching for many years, both privately and at the many Summer Schools across the country each Summer.

It is now 20 yrs since Brian recorded his debut album in 1997, and to celebrate this he will release a new album this October, which will contain some of the recording highlights over this time. Tracks from all 5 albums will be included, and it should produce a definitive insight into the many styles, sounds and arrangements which were used on the different recordings, and the amazing musicians who have been involved along the way.   

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