Turas Ceoil

By Marcas Ó Murchú

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Turas Ceoil - Marcas O’Murchu

Another great recording from this mighty Flute player.

Joining Marcas on this one are Nora O‘Murchu, Oisin Mac Diarmada, Ben Lennon, Ciaran Curran, Sean Og Graham, Gearoid Mooney, Seamus Quinn, Jose Climent, Bronagh Graham, Caitriona O’Murchu, Marcas & Seana Agnew, Paula Houton, Fiona Barron, Brendan Kavanagh, Louise McKinney, Aoife Ni Chiarain, Siobhan Molloy, Sheila & Anna Freil.

So is this a solo album , then ? 🙂
17 tracks looks like good value, as was his first recording.
Dick - what’s Marcas’ take on the 2 Josie McDermott compositions on track 11. There’s been some dispute about which tune is which. Do they agree with the “links” here ?

Aye Kenny, although in the version of The Lansdowne Lass that Marcas plays, the first part is the same, but he plays an unusual 2nd part, as you will hear when your copy drops through your letter box - any day now - Enjoy!

Well, I did promise!

P. S. Strange you should ask this question Kenny, for I had those two tunes in reverse order because I was reading the details from my iTunes, which actually swopped them over - CURIOUS!

So, how can I get this recording? I’m interested in some of guest musicians.

I’ve been reliably informed that it’s on sale down the wesht, so I’d say you might be able to get it from Custy’s, Slainte?

slainte, i recived my copy today from mulligan records from galway.

Marcas is recovering from a hernia operation at present so is taking a break from playing but in the meantime some of the Crosskeys musicians who feature with him on the CD will be heading off to university so owner Vincent Hurl has special night in honour of Marcas at the Crosskeys Inn near Toomebridge, Ireland’s oldest pub on Friday 22 September.

He will be launching the CD officially at the Millennium Theatre as part of Oireachtas on Friday November 3 in Derry at 7pm with guests including Oisin mac Diarmada, Seamus O Kane and more. I have heard that he will be in concert at the Culturlann Mc Adam O Fiaich venue in Belfast on 14 October with Sean Og Graham guitar and Oisin Mac Diarmada on fiddle.

The Fleadh shop and the main music shop in Letterkenny exhausted their complete stocks at Fleadh weekend. A great sign but no surprise considering the CD’s quality. CD turas Ceoil (CICD 163) is available from www.cic.ie

Marcas has a new Email address- turasceoil@hotmail.com and the contact phone is 00353 87 2326498.

Nice CD but what’s all this IMRO sh*te about - and on arrangements not just original tunes!


lovely CD. Got my flute through Marcas from Sam Murray and had the pleasure of attending a workshop with him in Milltown. Really enjoyed teh CD. Agree with cluaintarbh re IMRO sh*t though. Enough is enough. They are a curse on Irish traditional music.

Marcas-a generous soul

Lots of colour and swing in this music. The line up of pupils, Seana Agnew, Paula Houton, Brendan Kavanagh, Louise McKinney, Aoife Ni Chiarain, Siobhan Molloy, Sheila & Anna Friel are only some of his pupils. Have seen Marcas with his own young family when I visit Ireland. He has spent a lot of time with the youth like young Fiona Barron, who sadly died tragically a few years ago. Don’t think anyone will be a millionaire thanks to IMRO. Have heard they pay very little and who makes anything out of Irish music, anyway Marcas gives more music in sessions on the street than all the people I have ever met when back in Ireland.

Re: Turas Ceoil

The links to the first and third jigs in the opening track are linking to reels with similar names. Neither of the 2 jigs has been posted here yet. “The Titanic” is an original composition by Marcas himself.

Track 1 tune 3, ‘The Titanic’, jig

Track 1 tune 3, ‘The Titanic’, jig, now linking correctly to the jig not the reel

Re: Turas Ceoil

Track 12, otherwise known as ‘Boyle Abbey’, is in Joyce’s ‘Old Irish Folk Music and Song’ collection (1909).

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