Gléas, by The Boruma Trio

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The Boruma Trio, is a musical collaboration which successfully unites two stylistically contrasting musical traditions. The title of the album “Gléas” refers to the effect that musical keys have on the interpretation and playing of traditional music.

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Gléas, by The Boruma Trio

The Boruma Trio, is a musical collaboration which successfully unites two stylistically contrasting musical traditions. The title of the album “Gléas” refers to the effect that musical keys have on the interpretation and playing of traditional music.

Eileen O’Brien from Newtown, Nenagh, in North Tipperary is one of Ireland’s foremost fiddle players. Eileen’s musical heritage can be traced back through generations of her family. Eileen was mentored and influenced by her late father Paddy who established the B/C accordion playing style in the 1950’s. Paddy was one of the most influential composers of his generation. His compositions have been embraced and accepted into the traditional repertoire. Through her original compositions and arrangements, Eileen continues the family tradition of creativity. This album displays Eileen’s talents as a musician and composer.

Andrew Macnamara from Tulla in East Clare is one of Ireland’s leading exponents of the C#/D accordion playing style. Andrew’s family background is immersed in the highly acclaimed concertina players. Andrew;s playing style has been strongly influenced by local musicians, Joe Bane (Flute/Tin Whistle), Fiddle players: PJ Hayes, Bill O’Malley and accordionist Mattie Ryan. Galway accordionist Joe Cooley has also influenced Andrew’s playing style.

Dr. Geraldine Cotter (Piano and Tin Whistle) from Ennis with family musical connections in West Clare, completes the unification of these diverse playing styles. Geraldine’s mother Dympna was a highly respected pianist and music teacher. Geraldine’s brother Eamon Cotter is a flute player. Eamon is also a flute maker. Sonny Murray (Concertina), John Kelly (Concertina/Fiddle), Peadar O’Loughlin (Fiddle/Flute/Uillean Pipes) and Dr. Charlie Lennon (Piano/Fiddle) have all had a profound musical influence on Geraldine’s playing style.

Recorded at “The Music Room”, Tulla, Co. Clare by kind permission of Mary MacNamara, Kevin Costello and family.
Recorded & Mixed by Brendan Hearty
Produced by The Boruma Trio
Mastered by Matt Purcell
Sleeve Design/Layout/Photography: Kevin Minogue

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