Born out of the fourth residency of Leitrim Equation,
Some of the cream of Irish Music talent have come together…
ELEANOR SHANLEY | PADRAIG MCGOVERN | DAVE SHERIDAN | JOHN MCCARTIN
Now and again, we meet people and it just works. Instantly at ease in each other’s company, conversation flowing like you are catching up on 20-years’ worth of news, and the fun, well it’s instant I guess and can take many forms.
This is a scene of sorts in how the now named GARADICE four-piece felt when they came together to work, co-create and ultimate perform in what was the fourth residency of The Leitrim Equation programme in 2014 approx. (Est. by Leitrim Co. Council in 2006). As a result of the time spent together in The Leitrim Equation residency and subsequent tour, the four-piece of Eleanor Shanley, Dave Sheridan, Padraig McGovern and John McCartin had decided to work together. To record an album.
Now less than two years later, GARADICE the album is complete and awaiting release. The self-titled debut from the talented collective will be released on Friday October 5th
Ahead of the album’s release the band is delighted to release four pieces from the album
*GAN AINM, SUNNY HILLS OF BEARA, THE CASTLEBLANEY PIPER
*KEEP IT UP, THE CLOONE REEL, THE OLD SCHOOL MASTER, THE MISSING REEL
GARADICE, the album is a collection of 13 eclectic songs and tunes. Recording commenced in 2017 in John McKenna’s cottage in Leitrim and the final touches recently completed in Kerry, where it was also mixed by the multi-talented Donogh Hennessey. Produced by Garadice themselves, mastering duties were picked up by Billy Farrell at Deadeye Productions.
The album features Dave Sheridan, Padraig McGovern, John McCartin and vocalist Eleanor Shanley, together with guest musicians Donal Lunny, Tom Morrow, Utsav Lal & John Joe Kelly and guest vocalists Shobsy and Eleanor Quaine they present beautiful arrangements of these songs and tunes, some original and some of which have not been played for over 200 years!
When you gather a crew of such fine musicianship, creative soundness, and much liked people you are going to see people wanting to be involved!
To coincide with the album’s release on October 5th, the band will also be touring this autumn and winter:
Friday 5th October - Ballinaglera (Co. Leitrim) - Traditional Irish Music Festival
Sat 20th October - Ed Reevey Festival Cavan Town
Saturday 27th, Sun 28th October - Return To Camden Town Festival London
Friday 2nd November - Cornmill Theatre Carrigallen Co. Leitrim
Sunday 9th December – The Sugar Club, Dublin
ABOUT THE BAND
Eleanor Shanley is one of the most loved and respected vocalists in Ireland. Nearly 30 years since starting her musical career as a vocalist with De Danann, and her voice as pure and lyrical as the first day she stepped in front of a microphone in 1990. Renowned for her unique interpretation of Irish and Roots songs Eleanor has been at the top of her profession since joining De Danann and has recorded many solo albums including Desert Heart, A Place of My Own and her most recent, Forever Young from which her single, the Thom Moore classic Gorgeous and Bright, was the most played track on RTE 1 Radio for the summer of 2015. Eleanor has toured Ireland, Canada, The USA, Europe, China and Japan both as a soloist, together with De Danann and other artists. She has also recorded with many great musicians including Ronnie Drew with whom she recorded two albums (Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley and El Amor De Mi Vida), Sharon Shannon, Christy Moore, Donal Lunny, U2, The Dubliners and many more.
Padraig McGovern hails from Ballymagovern, a townland on the Cavan/Leitrim border. He has recorded with numerous artists over the last decade including a highly accredited duet album with Peter Carberry entitled Forgotten Gems. Padraig recently participated in the highly acclaimed multi-disciplinary project, The Pipes The Pipes, devised by Dónal Dineen. With fellow pipers Leonard Barry and Maitiú O’Casaide and visual artists Lionel Palun and Guillermo Carrion, the show paid homage to the instrument, old pipers, current pipers and also offered and insight into the future of piping.
Dave Sheridan’s flute playing has been described as “a highly accomplished free flowing fluid style, with sound technique and solid driving rhythm” (Hot Press Magazine) and a flute style, which takes on “Lark like qualities” (fRoots Magazine). On the back of his critically acclaimed debut album Sheridans Guesthouse, he released his second solo flute album entitled Drivin’ Leitrim Timber in 2010. This album has received rave reviews, with The Irish Times describing it as “a joy…. a thoughtfully organised collection, that celebrates a fluid free flowing regional flute style….with enough sharp edges to keep the listener’s antennae on high alert for the next hairpin bend”. Dave has recorded with artists from renowned traditional groups like Lunasa, Dervish, At The Racket and De Danann as well as performing on many occasions with the Sligo based band Téada. He has also performed on The Late Late Show, The Ray Darcy Show, Geantrai, The Reel Deal and Fleadh Live.
John McCartin started playing the fiddle at the age of 10 under the tutelage of Frank Kelly and later Maureen Fahy. He won many county and provincial titles at underage levels. Inspired by bands like Planxty, Dervish and Lunasa John turned his attention to accompaniment in his adult life. Since then he has become a regular accompanist to many of the traditions greatest exponents.
Bridgehouse Hotel Tullamore
Gortletteragh Community Centre Leitrim
Hammersmith Irish Cultural Centre
Feakle Arts Festival
Fleadh Ceoil 2019 St. Peters Church Drogheda 6pm
Coleman Centre Gurteen
Cliften Arts Festival
The Leads Gathering UK
Glor Theatre Ennis
Aitzina Folk Festival Spain
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