This debut recording by Patrick Mangan is testament to the resilience of the tradition in an urban landscape far removed from its original roots in rural Ireland. The legendary Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman made a huge impact on both sides of the Atlantic but it was in New York that he directly initiated a lineage of fiddle playing that has to date been carried through three generations of fiddlers. Andy McGann learned directly from Michael Coleman. He passed it on to Brian Conway, who in turn taught Patrick Mangan. Through the impact of Coleman, McGann, Conway and a host of other musicians and teachers such as Martin Mulvihill, we have the nucleus of an authentic regional style of traditional Irish music that could be described as East Coast/New York. To my ear, this is the style that underlies Patrick's playing and which is demonstrated on this recording with unquestionable technical mastery. -- Martin Hayes
Enjoy a free exclusive download of Pat Mangan's previously unreleased, award-winning original composition, "September Sky." Featuring fiddle by Pat Mangan, acoustic, bass, and electric guitars by Greg Anderson, Clarinet by Matt Darriau, and Percussion by John Mettam.
Liz Simmons is a honey-voiced singer from Boston who's reminiscent of Karan Casey, with whom she has studied. "The Whole World Round" is a sterling collection of British Isles and American songs, most set in straightforward acoustic arrangements based on guitar, fiddle, and mandolin.
Though their style rings off that of experience, the Boston-based group remains fairly new to the music world. Their debut, Simmer in Your Hotseat, was released in 2005 and drew acclaimed reviews, earning the band a few opening gigs with the likes of Arcade Fire.
In his long-awaited, stunning solo debut, premier Irish-American fiddler Brian Conway performs with a skill, grace, and force that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own... Brian and Patrick collaborate on three tracks here, including, with Andy McGann, two that underscore the remarkable mentoring chain linking Coleman, McGann, Conway, and Mangan. But "you're not listening to Michael Coleman in the 1920s on this CD, nor Andy McGann in the 1970s," Brian insists. "You're hearing something that's a logical musical progression from that. My playing is not a copycat of Andy's, and Pat's is not a copycat of mine."
...If music is made with integrity, talent, and passion, it should last and even gain in luster. That’s certainly the case with From the Heart, the second solo album made by button accordionist John Whelan. A dozen years have elapsed since it was originally released in 1990 on Oenoke Records... And the years have indeed been kind to this recording, now sonically upgraded through John’s careful remastering and reissued on his new imprint, JAR Productions Ltd... He added two brand-new tracks, a medley of jigs and a medley of reels, recorded with two-time All-Ireland fiddle champion Patrick Mangan and pianist Felix Dolan. “Felix was on the original album,” John said, “and Patrick has worked with me frequently over the past couple of years. The two bonus tracks are a bridge between then and now, something I thought the listeners would enjoy."
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