The début album from Clare accordionist, Damien O'Reilly
"Damien’s playing is full of life and energy - inhibited with soul and bravado as he tackles the tunes and rolls with their melodic flow and ebb. It’s an emotional experience; one in which the secret language of music waves its spell over the listener, equipping the performances with the appropriate heart and leaving the listener looking for more"
- John O'Regan, The Living Tradition
“Damien leaves no stone unturned to deliver a debut solo album that’s a true representation of his lively, driving style in which he adds ornamentation and variations freely and effortlessly. All very much in line with his ‘Dúchas’”
-Caoimhín Ó Sé, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
“Great musical qualities and great playing”
-Ellen Cranitch, RTÉ Lyric FM
"“Dúchas” is an exceedingly fine album from a great young player"
-Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo
“A fine debut album”
-Siobhán Long, The Irish Times
“For anyone interested in Irish Traditional music and especially accordion playing this album is definitely one for your collection. The musicality, technical ability, choice of material, very tasteful accompaniment and excellent production leads to a superb listening experience that lingers in the mind long after the music has stopped playing”
-John Lynch, The Kilfenora Céilí Band
"This is an unpretentious disc affording simple, tasteful pleasures which stand repeated listening, up close to savour – but the simplicity and apparent effortless ease of Damien’s playing is highly deceptive and inevitably there’s more to his artistry that’s revealed primarily by further attentive listening"
-David Kidman, Folk Radio UK
“Damien’s energy and zest are what makes this CD something special. Many young players can produce virtuoso renditions of Austin Tierney’s or The Boys of Ballisodare, but very few can bring a range of traditional melodies to life as Damien does. “Dúchas” shows more than virtuosity: it shows vitality and vision and an ability to reveal the soul of the music”
-Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine
"This debut album from Damien is a pure delight to listen to. The recording by Jack Talty of Realach Records is excellent, the cover is attractive and the music itself is hearty, lively and is overflowing with ancient tradition and “dúchas” from his native Co. Clare"
-Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Eagraí Ceoil, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta.
“County Clare's lively and rhythmic style dominates this excellent album of traditional Irish music”
-Ciro De Rosa, Blogfoolk
released May 15, 2019
Damien O’Reilly – Accordion & Melodeon
John Blake – Guitars
Padraic O’Reilly – Piano
Caoimhín Ó Fearghail - Bouzouki
Produced by Jack Talty and Damien O’Reilly
Artwork, Design and Photography by Maurice Gunning
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Jack Talty at Raelach Studios, Lissycasey, Clare, Ireland
On this album the different concertinas are persons. They are different characters, they laugh, they cry, they grunt and they moan. Every sigh is recorded, nothing is left out. I think this is a wonderful approach and in the hands of this very skilled musician the instrument itself is singing and dancing. Anita Botman
Mom is from Cloonkelaun, Castle Conner and Dad is from Knockanbawn, Dromore West. They brought me and my two brothers up to love Trad especially from Sligo. I teach Irish dance here in the DC area and I bought this CD so I can have the kids dance to the Real music. Thank you very much for this great musical expression of your great talent as only a Sligo Man can do! W Sean Culkin