Traditional Irish Music From County Clare

By Eamonn Cotter

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Eamon cotter : trad irish music from co, clare

Some mighty music from this excellent flute player from Co. Clare on his 1996 release.

Eamonn Cotter: flute
Geraldine Cotter: piano
Randal Bays: guitar

Press Reviews
Folk Roots
From County Clare comes as, complete a flautist, as you’re likely to hear in the shape of Eamonn Cotter. He is probably best known as the flute player with the band Shaskeen, which he joined in 89, and after several recordings with the band, this is his first solo album. All the tracks are traditional and include such favourites as The Sunshine Hornpipe, The Acrobat and The Souvenir. Personal standout tracks, however are the slow airs Easter Snows and Bruach na Carraige Baine. If you are apprehensive about listening to a whole album of flute music: don’t be. This is a delightful album of traditional Irish music with no gimmicks, played by a master of his craft. Alan Brown

Irish Music Magazine
When listening to his debut solo album the Clare style is especially noticeable on Mary O’Neill’s and The Stoney Steps. Easter Snows highlights his slow air playing, a seldom exposed item in the repertoire. Eamonn himself breathes magic into every flurry and quaver and his tasteful playing makes this CD a feast of riches to be sampled again and again. John O’Regan

Folk Roots
Eamonn Cotter is a musician well steeped in the music of his native County Clare . His crisp flute playing has lift and drive, yet he can play an air with all the grace and care they need. A nice selection of reels. Jigs, hornpipes and slow airs makes for some very enjoyable listening and should be an inspiration for up-and-coming fluters. Joe Crane

The Irish Times
Eamonn Cotter will be best known as a member of Shaskeen and shows himself here to be a solo flute player of the highest order. One of Cotter’s many talents is to sensitively exploit the mood of a particular tune, memorably on the reels, Lady Gordon’s/Lord Gordon’s and on two very different airs, Easter Snows, mellow and impeccably phrased and Bruach na Carraige Baine, reedy and plaintive. Nuala O’Connor

Eamon Cotter

This guy makes a great flute. I know because i have one.

Paddy Fahey’s

Clicking on Paddy Fahey’s in the listing for Eamonn Cotter’s CD brings up a reel that is entirely unrelated to the jig of the same name that appears on the CD. Anyone who wants the sheet music for the Dm jig Eamonn recorded can contact me for it.

Thomond Bridge

Clicking on Thomond Bridge in Eamonn Cotter’s CD listing brings up a jig that is entirely unrelated to the hornpipe Eamonn Recorded of the same name. Anyone who wants the sheet music for the hornpipe Thonomd Bridge that Eamonn recorded can contact me.

Whomever transcribed the contents of Eamonn’s CD obviously didn’t listen to the music it contained and just substituted music he knew that happened to have the same name regardless of the tune it actually was.

Try Search

It doesn’t work like that "rabrams". You are assuming that "Thomond Bridge" was transcribed from Eamonn Cotter’s recording. "cos" transcribed "Thomond Bridge" [ in F !! ] from a Belfast fiddle player called Leo Ginley, and posted it to this website. You can find it through "Search". The link from any recording will only take you to 1 tune of that name, although several tunes may have that title, whether right or wrong. Someone - we don’t know who - has, mistakenly in my view, ascribed the name of "Thomond Bridge" to the "Kilfenora Jig". I don’t know why it goes there instead of to the hornpipe, but that’s just the way things are. Any time you are looking for a particular tune, I’d recommend you do it through "search", and not via a link from "Recordings". Same for "Paddy Fahey’s".

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Thomond Bridge

Aha! Well, it does seems odd that when you got to the page showing Eamonn Cotter’s CD, and click on the title of one of the tunes displayed, you get an entirely different tune with the same title.