My name is Adrian Boyle. I'm a traditional musician and I'm recording this CD in collaboration with the poet Joseph Horgan. Our project will culminate in the production of a CD recording of poetry with traditional Irish music played on the Flute, Whistles, Accordian, Bodhrán and percussion. The theme of our project is emigration, specifically Irish emigration to the UK. We see this as being as much an art installation piece as it is a recording. We see the CD itself as a finished piece of art with original cover paintings and innovative sleeve notes by the visual artist Joanne Boyle.
I have composed a number of new tunes alongside various well known traditional tunes. There will be a number of guest voice over artists involved in the recording and we particularly feel it is important that there be a strong female presence in order to accurately reflect the emigrant experience. We feel that it is essential to the artistic integrity of the piece that a range of voices be represented, be that younger voices, both male and female, older voices or varying regional accents. We have also incorporated and directly recorded local street sounds and a traditional music session live.
I grew up with traditional music with my father Joe teaching me the Whistle by ear as a young boy before I progressed onto the Flute. We will be using an old Hohner Primatona IV Accordian which belonged to my father to accompany some of the pieces therefore physically carrying forward the tradition. Both of us feel that this adds to the artistic integrity of the recording. We are also translating one of the poems into Irish which will be recorded using both Gaeilge and English and spoken by the artists.
We have sourced a local recording studio in Lough Hyne near Baltimore. Joseph Horgan is a past winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the author of three acclaimed books, has previously been awarded an Arts Council Bursary and been a writer in residence on Achill Island. Joseph has often performed his work on RTE radio. I have been playing music from a young age and I teach traditional Flute, Whistles and Bodhrán in various schools in West Cork. I have also been involved with a number of bands and am a regular and respected session musician.
Material from the CD has already been performed live and received an emotional and extremely positive reception. The project is already at the stage where a number of studio sessions have been recorded and the next step is the final mixing and mastering. It is the cost of this and the production of the finished CD that we need to raise funds for. Our project has already received the backing of Cork County Council Arts Office but needs this extra amount to see it over the line.
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