Legacy

By Tommy O Sullivan

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To mark the 10th anniversary of Tommy O Sullivan’s debut album - Legacy, it has been digitally re-mastered and released on cd. Originally released in 1993 on cassette only, Legacy was very well received and far exceeded sales expectations.

It also marked the beginning of a number of enduring collaborations with contributions from renowned fiddler - Matt Cranitch with whom Tommy went on to form Sliabh Notes together with Donal Murphy (4 Men and a Dog). Steve Cooney played guitar and fretless bass on Legacy and later appeared on the first three Sliabh Notes albums.

The music as well as the collaborations has also passed the test of time. Three of the original tracks on Legacy later reappeared on other recordings. The Welcome a glorious song written by Tony Small from Galway was re-recorded for Sliabhnotes’ second album Gleanntan.

Recorded in Ireland and Denmark, Legacy’s broad repetoire includes accapella singing on The Factory Girl, unique interpretations of the traditional songs – Maids of Culmore and The Water is Wide,as well as reels, jigs, polkas and the stunning slow air – Jutland, all played on fingerpicking style guitar with guest musicians on fiddle, flute, guitar, fretless bass, bodhran and percussion.

I checked out the MP3s on his website more out of interest in his guitar playing (not being a singer myself) but I was blown away by this guy’s voice.