About Time - Stevie Dunne
About Time - Stevie Dunne
CD2010 Stevie Dunne SDB20101
About time is the debut album by Stevie. The aptly titled album was released in Maddens Bar Belfast on the 1st August 2010 to critical acclaim. It portrays Stevie's artistry on tenor banjo, tenor guitar and accompanying guitars. It also demonstrates Stevie's capacity for composing, arranging, recording and producing.
1. King of the Pipers, The House On the Hill 3:44
2. Bolies Road, Siobhan McCaughey's 3:48
3. Harp and Shamrock, Culfarra 4:25
4.George People's, About Time, Damian's Reel 4:23
5. Providence, Kilarney Boys of Pleasure, The Whiney Hills of Antrim 4:03
6. Dancing Eyes, Crossboarders, Collin's Jig 3:13
7. Fred Finns, Mossy Banks 3:04
8. Wisemans, Fairweather 3:19
9. City of Savannah, Devanney's Goat, Swallow's Nest 3:47
10. The Fairy Reel, The Sally Gardens 2:28
11. Ciaran's Reel, The Spike Island Lasses, Inis Cealtra 4:30
Stevie Dunne originally from the small fishing village of Clogherhead now resides in the city of Belfast where he is a pivotal figure in its vibrant music scene.
Stevie began playing guitar at the age of 12 and was given his first banjo at the age of 13 when his uncle heard him picking tunes on his guitar. Stevie instantly fell in love with the banjo and began learning tunes and developing his style and technique at that time.
Stevie's banjo playing is energetic yet subtle with a distinct regard for tradition. His ethereal use of ornamentation is artful. His dexterity on the banjo has been admired by his fellow banjo alike.
Stevie's is also distinguished as a top class guitar player and accompanist. His comprehension of each tune is observed each time he accompanies a fellow musician. His guitar playing is rich and rhythmical yet never overpowering or distracting from the tune
Stevie is joined on the album by friends and fellow musicians Donal O' Connor (keyboards), Ryan O' Donnell (Bouzouki) and Francis McIlduff (Bodhran). Co-producing and recording and mixing the album is Donal O' Connor, son of the celebrated fiddler Gerry O'Connor (Skylark, Kinvara) and renowned singer Eithne Ni Uallachain (La Lugh). Donal O'Connor has inherited a great musical legacy of at least five generations of fiddle playing.
Francis McIlduff was born into the legendary McPeake family in Belfast, Francis McIlduff was introduced to the sights and sounds of traditional music at a very early age, and whilst widely recognised today as one of the finest pipers in the Ireland, it was on the Bodhran that he made his debut performance at the age of 12.
Ryan O' Donnell is known as a top class banjo, bouzouki, guitar and piano player. Originally from Omagh County Tyrone, Ryan now residing in Belfast is in high demand worldwide for his music.