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Leonard Barry to release CD New Road

North Kerry Piper Leonard Barry is releasing his second CD entitled New Road in September 2013. This new album explores Leonard’s musical journey over the past decade, reflecting both the music he has played and the musicians who have influenced him.

The combination of solo, duets and ensemble playing is a feature of the CD. Joining Leonard as guests on the CD are John Carty (banjo), Rick Epping (harmonica and concertina), Seamie O’Dowd (guitar), Cathy Jordan (bodhran), Conor Byrne (flute), Andy Morrow (fiddle), Tony Byrne (guitar), Cyril O’Donoghue (bouzouki) and Tony O’Connell (concertina).

Leonard draws on the diverse individual and regional styles of the guest artists and surprises the listener with instrument combinations that are rarely heard together – like harmonica and pipes.  As a collection the music draws from the Traditional sources, staying true to their roots featuring music that Leonard has been playing for many years.

Leonard’s first CD entitled Mind the Pipes was released in 2002 to critical acclaim, being mentioned amongst the top CD’s in The Irish Times (2002). Leonard has recorded and performed with many leading artists including Luka Bloom, and John Spillane amongst many others. Leonard has performed at various festivals internationally including the Tonder Folk Festival (Denmark), Hong Kong Folk Festival, and the Shetland Folk Festival. The CD is due for release in September and will be followed by performances at festivals in Europe and Ireland, together with a nationwide tour in Autumn.

New Road will be available from and from September 23rd

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