Tuaim na Farraige - Atlantic Roar
Paul Bradley played our club recently, & frightened the heck out of all the Fiddlers in the place. He brought along this CD of his, from ’97, which is a cracker.
Born in Bessbrook, Co. Armagh, his major influence was the crisp clear playing of Josephine Keegan, while on record, he listened a lot to players like Tommy Potts, Kevin Burke, Sean Keane, Sean Maguire, Des Donnelly, John Doherty, Vincent Griffin & clearly, when you listen to Paul, Tommy Peoples was a major influence too.
While living in Belfast, he played regularly with mighty Fiddlers like Deirdre Shannon, Andy Dixon, Brian Sutherland, Maurice Bradley, Martin McGinley & Ben Gunne. He also played with Breandan O’Hare (Flute), Tina, John, Paul & Joanne McSherry, Alan McCartney (Guitar), Jason O’Rourke (Concertina), Jimmy Fitzpatrick (Banjo), Desi Adams (Flute) & Dusty Dorris….
His musical associates on this CD are Mairtin Quinn - Accordion, Paul Doyle - Guitar, Alan McCartney - Guitar, Ray Gallen - Bodhran, John McSherry - Pipes, Peter Houlihan - Bones, Joe Bradley - Concertina.
He is a master on the instrument, & the night he played our club he brought along Paul Meehan on Guitar, & Padraig Rhynne on Concertina, both highly respected musicians. The sound of Fiddle & Concertina merged as one as each strived to produce even more extravagent variations with each turn of the tune, the whole thing done at pace was pure magic.
Anyone who likes their Fiddling fast, furious, precise & exciting, rush out & buy this, you will not be disappointed.