In Irish mythology, Na Fir Bolg were one of the races that inhabited Ireland before being overthrown by the Tuatha Dé Danann. Na Fir Bolg translates as ‘men with bellows’ or ‘men with bellies’ – maybe both apply to us. In this recording we wanted to present the music styles of west Clare and west Kerry using a number of concertinas ranging over five octaves.
The album was recorded over four days and captures the exceptional natural acoustics of St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway. We have avoided the use of editing and studio manipulation; what you hear is what you get – warts and all!
“In this recording Cormac and Jack have produced music that pays homage to the beauty of the melody in a way that is neither flashy nor overproduced. The unhurried pace is perfect for letting the tune unfold and also allowing subtle but powerful rhythm to be part of their music. The balance between being slavishly beholden to tradition and being personally creative is a difficult balance to maintain. This recording is a fine example of this balance being beautifully expressed.”
“This concertina recording is the highlight of the last decade or more. I hope they know that.”
Tony Lawless, Trad Connect
released July 4, 2011
Produced by Jack Talty & Cormac Begley
Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered by Jack Talty