Quarehawk

By Michael Walsh

Two comments

Re: Quarehawk

Born in Manchester and raised in Stockport, England, Mike grew up learning Sligo style flute playing from Marian Egan & Tony Ryan. He’s currently a Doctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield Department of Music researching identity, nationalism and music in the contemporary Asturian Folk Scene in northern Spain.

This is his first solo album and reflects many parts of his life. His origins, his Yorkshire home his love for the music of the Iberian peninsula, loss, celebration…

"Quarehawk" was a phrase used by Mike’s father, Patrick Walsh, who moved to England from Carnacon, County Mayo in 1957. It can mean many things. Clever, dangerous, strange… It can also be a compliment or a warning…

Musicians in order of appereance:
Michael Walsh: vocals (3, 9), spoken word (2), wooden flute (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13), low whistle (9), tin whistle (4, 8, 9), hulusi (3)
Paul Daly: wooden flute (1, 12)
Amanda Lewis: fiddle (1, 12)
Kepa Junkera: trikitixas / accordions (2, 13)
Simon Bradley: fiddle (2, 6, 13)
Anthony Davis: keyboards (2, 3, 10, 13)
Bryony Griffith: vocals (3), fiddle (4)
Leticia González Menéndez: vocals (3), pandeiru (6)
Liz Hanks: cello (3, 5, 7)
Ríoghnach Connolly: vocals (3)
Will Hampson: melodeon (4)
Mike Garry: spoken word (5)
Michael McGoldrick: drone guitars & samples (5), bodhrán (8, 10)
Helen Gubbins: button accordion (6)
Rubén Bada: bouzouki (6)

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I’ve really enjoyed this album. Not only because I know Mike and I’m very happy for him (he’s a beautiful person), but it’s actually a very enjoyable album with quality music.