The Music of What Happened - Nollaig Casey
Casey, Nollaig - The Music of What Happened CD
Nollaig/fiddle, violas, vocals;
Arty McGlynn/Guitars; Sharon Shannon/accordion;
Mairead Casey/fiddle; Rod McVey/keyboards;
Renowned fiddler Nollaig Casey has just finished her long-awaited solo album, The Music of What Happened. She's played and recorded with Enya, Van Morrison, Sinéad O'Connor, Planxty, Coolfin, Nanci Griffith, Ricky Skaggs, Rod Stewart, Dónal Lunny, Arty McGlynn, Mary Black, Carlos Nuñez, Jim Rooney, Andy Irvine, Moving Hearts, The Indigo Girls, Spandau Ballet, Christy Moore, Liam O'Flynn, Dan ar Braz, Sharon Shannon, Maura O'Connell, Dick Gaughan, Paddy Keenan, Máirtín O'Connor, Dan ar Braz - and of course Máire and Chris!
This new album showcases her exceptional expressive gifts and is a unique mixture of powerhouse Irish dance-music, meltingly beautiful airs, exquisite songs and memorable new compositions - all suffused with her trademark lyricism and virtuosity. Produced by Arty McGlynn, the recordng features the playing of Sharon Shannon and other star guests.
"When Oisin was an old, old man and when all the other Fianna were dead, he was asked by Saint Patrick what was the music that Finn and the Fianna loved best to hear. Remembering those days and the sunburnt companions who were long gone, he told the holy man that the best music was......the music of what happened"
(from the ancient Irish Fenian Cycle, as re-told by Marie Heaney in Over Nine Waves, Faber & Faber, 1994)
Jota da Maia
Cití na gCumann (Kitty my Sweetheart)
Ye Clarges’ Lamentation (The Clergy’s Lamentation)
The Harp and Shamrock/The Silver Strand
A Bhúrcaigh Bhuí ó’n gCéim (de Búrca the Fair)
The Last Lord of Beara
A Spailpín a Riúin (Spalpeen Aroon)
Song of the Seven Streams
The Yellow Wattle/Twins on a Swin
Two Sisters’ Set (The Mountain Lark/ The Banks of the Ilen/The Sally Rod)
The Bonnie Blue-Eyed Lassie
Music for a Found Harmonium