An Tobar Glé

By Neil Mulligan

Two comments

"Neil / Néillidh Mulligan: An Tobar Glé" ~ website & links

Spring Records SCD 1049; 53 minutes; 2003 - including reviews.

"Many years ago, An Tobar Glé was the name on a club owned by the great musician, storyteller, singer, and collector Séamus Ennis, nach maireann. Séamus Ennis was also teacher, mentor, and friend to a young piper named Neil Mulligan. It was Séamus Ennis who put the nickname Néillidh on him, from Donegal fiddler Néillidh Boyle. ~ " - Paul Carr, The Irish Herald (U.S.A.)

"This is essential piping faire for any traditional Irish musician, be they pipers or not. Neil’s playing is exactly as he wants it to be, passionate and respectful. Everything is bare and exposed, yet full and complete. His airs being of great significance to me. One in particular is a great monument to his mother, Caitríona Rua. His influences shine through, be they Seámus Ennis or his father Tom Mulligan." - Patrick D’Arcy, uilleann piper

" ~ As an accurate musical portrait of a man who has given so much to piping and who has so much still to say, An Tobar Gle does the business." - Dermot McLaughlin, Donegal fiddler

" ~ This is Néillidh Mulligan’s third album. It builds on Barr na Cúille and The Leitrim Thrush. In a sense biographical details aren’t all that material; All-Ireland titles won, critical acclaim, plaudits gained, because the story of what’s truly behind the music on this CD is that of a world of music. What’s important is that this is an unusual work these days – work that is seldom heard – that of a solo musician playing with wit, great style and vivacity. A piper who is sure of his touch and for whom playing music is a lifelong preoccupation and who plays with warmth and emotion. Néillidh Mulligan’s music is imbedded in a great tradition – it honours that tradition and carries it forth. That world of music." - Peter Woods - from the sleeve notes