Favourite solo trad albums?

Favourite solo trad albums?

After listening to Cormac Begley’s brilliant eponymous solo concertina album I want to listen to more solo trad albums, and by solo I mean one instrument (the same one) on each track. The Liffey Banks by Tommy Potts is another great album in the same vein. What are your favourites?

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Yes The Liffey Banks by Tommy Potts is excellent
Not sure that being strictly solo is really all that important
I would recommend anything with Kevin Burke (solo or otherwise) ditto Martin Hayes ditto Eileen Ivers
In fact I think one of Kevin Burke’s solo albums has also got Martin Hayes playing on it

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"Not sure that being strictly solo is really all that important" - not necessarily but it’s what I’m after! I think it really shows off the tune and instrument when there is only one instrument playing.

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Conal O’Grada: Cnoc Bui

Liam O’Flynn: The Fine Art of Pipering

Danny Meehan: Drimalost And Beyond - Traditional Music From Donegal

Joe Ryan: An Buachaill Dreoite

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Oisín Mac Diarmada Ar An Bhfidil : https://thesession.org/recordings/285
About half of the tunes are fiddle solo.
And by the way, Cormac Begley’s solo album is brilliant.

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Ego Trip by MacDara Ó Raghallaigh is probably exactly the sort of thing you’re looking for, even though he plays viola instead of fiddle on a few tracks… (Edited to add, of course Cormac is playing on different concertinas on his album, too!)

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Eileen OBRIEN Aon le Aon is an excellent CD

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Typo Aon le H’aon

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"he plays viola "
Are you sure about that? My understanding is that he plays a tuned down fiddle - it’s been a while since the case and liner notes got wrecked in a flood, but I didn’t think he played viola…

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Now that I check it, the playing (at least on the Home Ruler track) is down four steps from concert pitch. (Tune is in Bb rather than D.) I suppose a fiddle tuned down four steps might make more sense than a viola tuned up three steps? Since I was not present for the recording, and the online liner notes don’t say, I withdraw my comment.

None of which changes it being a fantastic live one-person album.

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As mentioned earlier, there are not a whole lot of solo trad albums. This is about the only one I have, with some great fiddling:
Crystal Clear by Jerry Holland:
https://thesession.org/recordings/1664

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The Drones and the Chanters - Irish piping with Seamus Ennis, Leo Rowsome, Willie Clancy and others - its solo inasmuch as each piper plays unaccompanied so every track is just pipes.

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Kenny gave the links to The Drones and The Chanters in his first post on this thread, christy. Good shout though.

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Jackie Daly “Music From Sliabh Luachra.” This was the first album I got into when I decided I needed to hear polkas and slides by a proper player (as opposed to generic sounding, tune learning recordings).

https://thesession.org/recordings/212

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If you like Flute, Desi Wilkinson has amazing albums

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I would recommend John Cunningham’s "Fair Warning." I would also recommend Kevin Burke’s "If the Cap Fits." Both have great examples of solid traditional playing. Other tunes exhibit delightful, artful playfulness that tease that tradition, but from a wizened perspective.

Eileen Ivers’ early "Fresh Takes" collaboration with John Whelan also has a mix of tunes that either hew to the tradition or use the tradition as a stepping of point for what I consider a youthful itch to be improvisational.

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Press and Draw by Benny McCarthy

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Donald K, yes I missed that Kenny already posted Drones and the Chanters, should have checked more carefully.
Anyway just remembered another one, Clare Concertinas by O’ Sullivan and McMahon, it was a Topic lp in the 70’s but reissued as a cd. A few duets but plenty of solo concertina.

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Brid O’Donohue - Tobar An Dúchais: Solo Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Music From County Clare.

Lovely playing (title means The Well of Tradition, I think)

https://thesession.org/recordings/2129

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For the concertina aficionados, Denise Shiels Champions of Ireland Concertina and Mary MacNamara Note for Note. I bought the first one so long ago it was on cassette. The Shiels recording is kinda old fashioned like the Paddy Murphy and Clare Concertinas recording mentioned above. I got it when I was first starting with the concertina and it was great being able to just hear the instrument solo. I play lots of those tunes still

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“In Retrospect” by Danny O’Mahony is great, really terrific music on the button accordion.

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Loads of suggestions here, thanks everyone. Can’t wait to get stuck into them. I wonder is it too much to ask for a solo banjo album? Never heard of one myself.

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For solo banjo, I’d recommend Kieran Hanrahan’s.

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I bought Eileen O’Brien’s CD Aon le h’Aon on the back of gooseinthenettles recommendation. Just arrived today and it’s brilliant, great playing and great tunes.

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Also just bought Mac Dara Ó Raghallaigh’s album ‘Ego Trip’ - jesus the playing on that is electric.

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Tara Howley’s CD ‘Take One’ is amazing! Hard to find nowadays, but give her a message on Facebook or on Instagram and she might have some copies available. Amazing playing all round
https://thesession.org/recordings/4963

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I don’t think many people know about Tommy Peoples’ Live at Fiddler’s Hearth recording but for me it is a must have. The playing is brilliant and all the little subtleties in his playing are clearly audible. His introductions are a lot of fun.

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For solo flute, Jossie McDermott: Darby’s Farewell.

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