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- Téada -
Give Us a Penny and Let Us be Gone
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 breathe.'

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!


- Oisín Mac Diarmada  -
Mac Diarmada, Oisín, Ar An Bhfidil
Ar An Bhfidil (On the Fiddle)
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Mac Diarmada, Oisín, Ar An Bhfidil (On the Fiddle)
"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 graceful melodiousness."

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 - fiddle/vocals
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 Galway

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 Téada.

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Visit the Téada web site!

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Submitted by Media Contact:
Judith Joiner -

Green Linnet
P.O. Box 1905
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 730-0333 ext. 15


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