Hurry The Jug - Leonard Barry, Declan Folan & Shane McGowan
Handsome piping, bold fiddling.Hurry the Jug is a very satisfying recording of stylish traditional music played by three musicians confident in their craft" Kevin Burke
This is a multi winning Sligo based trio who draw their music from the their native Sligo and Kerry in the North West and South West. Uilleann pipes and fiddle have long been a fabled combination in the history of Irish music, along with the guitar this blend of instruments and these musicians bring a special blend of Irish music, from the rich tradition of Kerry, South Sligo and further afield to newly composed pieces from themselves, their contemporaries, and musical heroes.
The origins of the Trio can be traced back to Tubercurry and Bunnanaden, the heartland of the famed South Sligo tradition where both Declan Folan and Shane McGowan grew up playing music together from their early teens. Leonard Barry, from North Kerry first met Declan in London in the early 1990’s where they played music together on the traditional music scene. All three musicians are now based in Sligo.
Their new release “Hurry the Jug” traces the various influences that have shaped their music over the course of many years. The opening track which is also the title of the CD is a tune that Declan and Leonard learned from the great Bobby Casey’s recording Casey in the Cowhouse. Tributes to both Liam O’Flynn and Tommy Peoples’ are included, the hornpipe tracks The Green Island and Rick’s Rambles were both of which were recorded by O’Flynn, while Waiting for a Call was composed by Tommy Peoples and he also recorded Brogan’s Fancy on his iconic “Iron Man” recording.
Other tunes include The Garvogue which was composed by Leitrim fiddle player Joe Liddy and The Humours of Rahey composed by James Kelly of Dublin now resident in America. as well as a new compositions from Sligo fiddle player Philip Duffy entitled Megan’s Reel named after his daughter and a newly composed tune by Declan Folan entitled The Carousel .
Between them they have shared the stage and recorded with some of the greats of music including Zakeer Hussain, Dervish, Kevin Burke, Lunasa, Sean Keane, Lisa O’Neill and Luka Bloom to name a few.
Tracks: 1. Hurry the Jug - The Pullet Wants the Cock 2. The Green Island - Rick's Rambles 3. The Garvogue - Graf Spey - The Hare's Paw 4. Dave Collins' Jig - Tom Billy's 5. The Carousel 6. Bonaparte's Retreat 7. The Stone in the Field - Caher Rua 8. Kitty Shand's - Bill O'Malley's 9. Waiting for a Call - Brogan's Fancy 10. Father Quinn's Favourite - The Humours of Rahey - The Shoemaker's Fancy 11. The Maids of Holywell - Megan's Reel - Kitty in the Lane