Give Us a
Penny and Let Us be Gone
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Téada, Give Us a Penny and Let Us be Gone
Named "Best Traditional Newcomers" in Irish Music Magazine, called a
"fresh force in Irish music" by Irish Echo, and now a full quintet,
this dynamic young band is embarking on an extensive U.S. tour (see
reverse side for itinerary). Their second release from Green Linnet
Give Us A Penny and Let Us Be Gone (GLCD1228) is sure to cement them
as a band to watch out for in 2004.
With their exquisite renditions of centuries-old tunes, Téada's
music represents a reawakening rather than a resurrection. The Irish
Times applauds them with 'determinedly keeping the traditional flag
flying at full mast...unhurried and satisfied to let the music
Give Us A Penny and Let Us Be Gone is overflowing with dynamic
variety and a lively approach to the music. The fourteen tracks
range from the familiar to the obscure. You'll also find barndances,
slip jigs, airs reels, hornpipes, hop jigs, highland flings, set
dances and lilting. The detailed notes that accompany each track are
a scholarly look at the music's origins and yet another way in which
téada shares their love of the music with their fans.
Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle, vocals), John Blake (guitar, flute) Seán
McElwain (banjo, bouzouki), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán) and Paul
Finn (accordion) - together, they are a group whose age belies how
fully seasoned they are as instrumental performers. Téada is a band
that listens to tradition - now, go on, have a listen to Give Us A
Penny and Let Us Be Gone!
Ar An Bhfidil
(On the Fiddle)
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Mac Diarmada, Oisín, Ar An Bhfidil (On the
"Oisín Mac Diarmada is one of the most talented fiddlers in Ireland
today." - Earl Hitchner, Irish Echo
Oisín Mac Diarmada, founder and fiddler of the up-and-coming Irish
group, TEADA, has distinguished himself as "a wonderfully adept and
evocative musician." On Ar an Bhifidil (GLCD1227), Mac Diarmada's
brings us pure traditional fiddling.
Hot Press in Dublin states, " It does exactly what it says- pure
traditional fiddling, raw and unadorned and all the better for it."
The Irish Times in Dublin calls it "lonesome magnificence."
In Oisín Mac Diarmada, you'll find a fiddler of
old-head-on-young-shoulders ability. "You could hear centuries of
tradition and doubtless long hours of dedication in his sweet and
The seventeen tracks on this CD are a remarkable mix of tunes ~
reels, single and double jigs, hornpipes and Leitrim style polkas.
Standouts are rarities like a Séamus Ennis version of The Lark in
the Morning, that's not often played now, as well a rendition of The
Morning Thrush composed by Séamus Ennis' father James. A plentiful
supply of notes outlining source musicians and other details are
referenced with each track.
Oisin Mac Diarmada -
Sligo fiddle-player, Oisin Mac Diarmada, at 25 years of age is an
honours graduate in Music Education at Trinity College, Dublin/RIAM.
In addition to his widespread performing activities, Oisin is
respected internationally as a fiddle tutor and for his
journalistic, lecturing and production work. Fast becoming one of
the most exciting young musicians on the tradtional scene, he has
been described by critic Earle Hitchner as 'one of the most talented
fiddlers in Ireland today'.
John Blake - flute/guitar
John Blake was brought-up in the thriving music scene in London,
where he learned to play the flute from Brendan Mulkere. Since
moving over to Ireland in 1998, he has become a regular performer
here and abroad, in the process establishing himself as a talented
multi-instrumentalist whose contributions has been notable on an
increasing number of albums in recent times. He currently resides in
Paul Finn - button accordion
Paul Finn from Co. Laois is fast becoming one of the rising young
stars of button accordion playing in Ireland. Particularly known for
a pulsating and rhythmic performance style, his playing has featured
prominently in major international touring dance productions, as
well as in the indigenous session scene throughout Ireland.
Sean McElwain - banjo/bouzouki
Seán McElwain from Monaghan brings a strong string dimension to
teada through his energetic contributions on banjo and bouzouki. In
recent times, touring performances have seen Sean gaining growing
accolades for his accompainment and melodic skills from many
quarters. Having recently completed his Masters in Electronic
Commerce, he currently plays music full time, but still finds time
to design and develop websites for a number of leading musicians.
Tristan Rosenstock- bodhran
From Glenageary in Co Dublin, Tristan's bodhrán playing encompasses
a distinctive musical sensitivity, evident on a number of recordings
and tours with which he has had involvement in recent years.
Prominent in Dublin musical circles in recent years, Tristan has
just completed his studies in Irish and Old Irish at Trinity
College, Dublin, and presently performs on a full-time basis with
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Judith Joiner - Judith@GreenLinnet.com
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