Farewell to evening dances
Another nice album by Bogfire (http://www.bogfire.com). Colm O’Donnel is equally accomplished as a flutist and singer.
Here are the translations given in the insert for the Irish song names:
Oh, and he lilts too.
The Cronolly Connection
To the M&E enthusiasts here (like me and at least a couple others), it may be interesting to know that Colm O’Donnell was the young man who received the "wheel spoke" flute (the first one that Michael made, out of a spoke of an old wheel) and went on to win a few competitions with it.
When i think of Sligo flutists, i have a stereotype of a pulsating, driving and dirty sound. This guy, however, has a very beautiful and pure tone, very nice on the ears.
Hey, I like that dirty thick tone! But I like Colm’s playing as well.
Farewell to you, braves comrades all…
the album’s title comes from track 13: The Hill of Knocknashee
Really Nice Album
Great to hear such an album from a very fine musician who also has a day job. Well, several day jobs.
Boys of Bluehill
Very pleasant album!
Colm O’Donnell plays a nice version of Boys of Bluehill:).
Track 10: Paddy Cronin’s
The Boys of Coomanore: https://thesession.org/tunes/863
Farewell to Ballinahulla: https://thesession.org/tunes/5984
Billy McCormack’s: https://thesession.org/tunes/4591
I found this recording at an amazing price in a second-hand CD shop. I love his rendition of classic songs like "Erin gra Mo Chroi" and "The Boys of BarrNa Straide."