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Triur sa Draighean

with Peader O’ Riada, Caoimhin O’ Raghallaigh and Martin Hayes

Triur is an album of 16 tracks of 19 new compositions composed by Peadar O’Riada, recorded in 
Peadar’s home, An Draighean, (Blackthorn) in Cul Aodha, in Co. Cork. The title Triur refers to the three musicians involved, Peadar on concertina, Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh and 
Martin Hayes on fiddles. All three have individually made their own mark playing Irish music and now collectively have created a new inheritance for future generations.

This is an extraordinary album of newly composed music, virtuosic musicians and a uniquely simple recording process. The music and the homely location (in Peadar’s house) created an environment where the three friends could create something new of rare beauty and simplicity. The recording process was simple, all three just played and as Martin Hayes has said of the 
experience, “ We didn’t overly concern ourselves with technical details. We were in the moment operating on instinct and feeling. We
 decided not to make any attempt to edit or manipulate any of the 
tracks recorded. What you hear is exactly what happened in the room. 
Whatever little flaws or mistakes that occurred remain.”

The project took root after Peadar and Martin spoke at length at the 2008 TG4 Music Awards where each were recipients’, Peadar for composition and Martin as Musician of the Year. The conversation continued when they me up at the annual gathering of traditional musicians at the Willie Clancy festival where they recruited Caoimhín on the spot. Finally a year ago last April they gathered in Peadar’s house, an Draighean, and commenced a musical journey together. Now, a year later the recording simply titled Triur sa Draighean can be regarded as a vital and major contribution to Irish music.

There are jigs and hornpipes, reels and slides, even a polka named in honour of Martin Hayes. The one song, Trathann an Taoide (track 5) is beautifully haunting, with the addition of the Indian Tambura and the drone like sound of Peadar’s voice. Rarely do you hear two fiddles and a concertina on a recording but in the hands of these three master it is pure joy. Peadar’s extensive sleeve notes describe the inspiration for the tunes and how and why they got their names The notes give an extraordinary insight into his creativity, his life and the process of making this recording.

To celebrate the release of the CD all three come together again to perform as one for three concerts.

Wed 28th April, St. Audeon’s Church, Hight St. Concert @ 8pm

Tickets €25 available in advance from Claddagh Records

Thurs 29th April, Ionad Culturtha, Baile Mhuirne, Co. Corcai.,Concert @ 8:30pm

Tickets €20, Booking:026 45733,

Fri 30th April, Glor, Ennis, Co. Clare, Concert @8pm
Tickets €20 Booking: 065 6843103

For further information Contact:
Amy Garvey - Anseo
Tel: + 353 61 925 939
Mobile: +353 872 627 128
Caher, Feakle, Co. Clare, Ireland

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