IMBAS is an Old Irish word that is used to describe inspiration, creativity, and prophetic knowledge.
The music presented on this album documents Ensemble Ériu’s artistic development over the past two years. We would like to thank our fellow members — Jeremy, Paddy, Matthew, Maeve and Matthew — for joining us on this journey. We wish to acknowledge the musical sources that have inspired each piece on this recording: Bobby Casey, Willie Clancy, John Kelly Snr., Peadar O'Riada, Tony MacMahon, and Micho Russell. Goideadh do Ghé was collected by Séamus Ennis on Fínis Island in the 1940s; we learned it from our good friend Saileog Ní Cheannabháin.
Ensemble Ériu endeavors to combine our musical heritage with a range of ideas and inspirations acquired throughout our musical lives. We hope you enjoy our efforts.
Neil O'Loghlen and Jack Talty
released July 10, 2016
JACK TALTY - concertina
JEREMY SPENCER - fiddle
MATTHEW BERRILL - clarinet, bass clarinet (2,3)
PATRICK GROENLAND - guitar
NEIL O'LOGHLEN - double bass, flute (3,4)
MAEVE O'HARA - marimba
MATTHEW JACOBSON - drums
Recorded by ADRIAN HART at The Forge Studios, Galway, October 26–28 2015
Mixed by ADRIAN HART, JACK TALTY
and NEIL O’LOGHLEN
Mastered by FERGAL DAVIS
Design by ROBIN FULLER
Produced by NEIL O’LOGHLEN and JACK TALTY
All pieces traditional except THE WEST CLARE REEL composed by PEADAR Ó RIADA
All pieces arranged by NEIL O’LOGHLEN except THE WEST CLARE REEL and CNOCÁN AN TEAMPAILL arranged by NEIL O’LOGHLEN and JACK TALTY
Released by ENSEMBLE RECORDS and RAELACH RECORDS
ESM002 / RR007