Album of the week – New Road – StoneWalls & Street Lights released 27 th June 2016
‘Stone Walls and Street Lights”, the much-anticipated first CD released, features tunes and songs with New Road’s unique blend of uilleann pipes, fiddle, harmonica, concertina, 5-string banjo, guitar, mandolin, jaw harp and bodhrán. Guest artists on the album include bodhrán legend Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh of Arcady and De Dannan, Cathy Jordan of Dervish and The Unwanted, and Sligo guitarist Shane McGowan, who has performed with Sean Keane, Lunasa and Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain.’
Band Members are :- Leonard Barry (uilleann pipes, whistles), Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, 5-string banjo, jaw harp, vocals), Andy Morrow (fiddle), Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals)
New Road are four-piece ensemble grew organically out of Kerry piper Leonard Barry’s last album of the same name. From California comes Rick Epping, Seamie O’Dowd from Co Sligo , Andy Morrow from Co. Leitrim.
The stunning tunes from the Sliabh Luachra to the Carolinas and Appalacia, bringing a wealth of tradition from both sides of the pond along with Seamie and Rick’s vocals bring a richness and vitality this much anticipated debut album!
The Band will be on tour in September :-
An Irish tour beginning in featuring special guests, including 5-string banjo player Leonard Podolak of Canada’s Grammy nominated The Duhks, Cathy Jordan and Shane McGowan.
StoneWalls & Street Lights
- Road to Lisdoonvarna, Keep the Old Ark Rolling, The Blackbird (feat. Cathy Jordan) (4:17)
- Greasy Coat (3:35)
- Ben’s Brogues, The Whinny Hills of Leitrim, The Leitrim Quickstep, Jig for Johnny (feat. Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh) (4:59)
- Errigal Braes, Cam Ye By Athol (4:12)
- Galway Shawl, Farewell to Ireland, Lady Birr, O’Donnell’s Sligo Maid (feat. Shane McGowan, Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh) (11:31)
- McCaigue’s Waltz, The Orphan (feat. Shane McGowan, Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh) (6:03)
- I’d Rather be Married than Left Alone, Willie Reidy’s Favourite, Padraig O’Keefe’s Slide (4:10)
- Saturday Night My Wife Died (feat. Cathy Jordan) (3:17)
- Tommie Potts’ Hop Jig, The Rocky Road to Dublin, John Kelly’s Hop Jig (4:21)
- The Cat that Ate the Candle, Butter and Peas, The Scolding Wife (feat. Shane McGowan) (3:35)
- Now Westlin Winds (5:16)
- Boatsman, Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom (3:47)
- Down in the Old Home Town (feat. Cathy Jordan) (4:01)
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Leonard Barry (uilleann pipes, whistles) from Kerry and now living in Sligo has been described as a “a master” (Living Tradition). Leonard has released two solo CDs, “Mind the Pipes” (2002) which was named amongst the top recordings of that year in The Irish Times and “New Road” (2013), described as “music as it should be” (fRoots) and “a sweet lyrical gem, 5 stars ” (Sunday Business Post). Named Male Musician of the Year 2015 by The Irish American News, he has toured throughout the world both as a soloist and in other collaborations, recording and performing with leading acts including Luka Bloom, John Spillane, amongst countless others.
Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, 5-string banjo, jaw harp, vocals) is a legend of the folk music scene. From California, Rick is one of the world’s leading harmonica players: “I’ve never heard better” (Doc Watson). An AllIreland harmonica champion and founding member of Pumpkinhead in the 1970s, Rick went on to record with Andy Irvine, Mick Hanley and others, to recording the CD “Jiggin’ the Blues” (2008) with Frankie Gavin and Tim Edey, to playing with Arcady, Sean Keane and The Unwanted, as well as such musical greats as Joe Cooley and Bill Monroe. Rick worked for many years for the Hohner Company improving harmonica production, including patenting a harmonica design favored by many players, including Stevie Wonder
Andy Morrow (fiddle) from Co. Leitrim is from a family steeped in traditional music and has played the fiddle from the age of eight. In 2005 Andy recorded with Tony O’Connell and Arty McGlynn what is widely regarded as a modern classic in traditional Irish music, receiving rave reviews. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and the USA with various groups, as well as touring Australia as part of the multi-award winning play “Trad”. Andy’s playing has been described as “sweet and majestic, bracing style and fine musicianship” (Hot Press).
Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals) from Co. Sligo is one of the most loved and respected musicians in Ireland today. Also a member of The Unwanted, Seamie has recorded two solo CDs, “Headful of Echoes” (2006) and “Wood and Iron” (2013), which was named amongst the top recordings of that year by Hot Press. Seamie is a former member of Dervish and plays with Máirtin O’Connor and Cathal Hayden, recording “Crossroads” (2008) and “Going Places” (2012). He regularly performs with Christy Moore, and has performed with The Chieftains, Liam O’Flynn and a host of others. His musicianship is quite astounding and it is stated that his music “achieves art” (Earle Hitchner).
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