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Karan Casey

Two More Hours   Ships in the Forest   Chasing the Sun    Distant Shore   The Winds Begin to Sing   Songlines

Karan Casey & John Doyle

Exile's Return

Buille

Buille   Buille 2   Buille Beo

Niall Vallely

Beyond Words  CDRom Tutorial   Callan Bridge

Caoimhín Vallely

Strayaway

Cillian Vallely & Kevin Crawford

On Common Ground

Others

Armagh Pipers Club   William Kennedy Piping Festival   Anglo International   Katherine Cornell Theater

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Karan Casey - Two More Hours

Karan's new album features guest appearances by singers Mick Flannery, Abigail Washburn and Aoife O’Donovan and was produced by Niall Vallely. This self-penned album is a first for Karan. Contemporary in tone it takes a much more personal approach to her writing and singing.  

Two More Hours will be officially released on January 15th but we are exclusively taking orders here and at www.karancasey.com between now and then.

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Karan Casey – Ships in the Forest

Karan Casey is an artist who proves that the ancient and the modern make excellent bedfellows. One of the most influential and imitated vocalists in Irish or American folk music, Karan is a natural innovator. On Ships in the Forest, her fifth solo album, Casey's warm, soulful voice ebbs and flows around ballads both timely and timeless.
Produced once again by Donald Shaw (of Capercaillie fame), the album was recorded at Karan’s home in County Cork and features the members of her current touring band, Caoimhín Vallely (piano), Kate Ellis (cello) and Robbie Overson (guitar) along with some special guests, including Kris Drever and Niall and Cillian Vallely.
The songs found on Ships in the Forest range from fresh arrangements of tried and true folk standards ("Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" and "Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye") to "The Fiddle and the Drum", Joni Mitchell's 1969 anti-war madrigal and Martin Furey’s newly-composed “The Town of Athlone”.
Karan says of the album:
“I feel that this is by far my most ambitious album to date. I think it has taken me all my years as a singer to come to the point of feeling confident enough to tackle the big songs within the traditional repertoire.”



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"One of the great voices in contemporary music has just gotten even better." Sing Out

"Ships In The Forest shines with unsentimental emotion and moments of rare beauty."  BBC.co.uk

"Genuine honesty carries hope and the possibility of redemption, and both, however fragile, subtly inform these beautifully brooding renditions of honest songs from one of Ireland's most passionate and probing vocalists." Irish Echo

"...shiver-inducingly excellent." USA Today

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Karan Casey - Chasing the Sun

"Chasing the Sun" was released in April 2005. This album represented a new departure, featuring as it does a significant number of her self-penned songs. Recorded at her home in Co. Cork and produced by herself and partner Niall Vallely, the album largely features her touring band of Robbie Overson, Paul Meehan and Niall Vallely along with Ewen Vernal, John Anthony, Michael Aharon and Erik Johnson.

 

 

 

 

 

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"This album has irresistible, addictive qualities that make it very hard to switch off from."  Living Tradition

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Karan Casey - Distant Shore

Karan's third album was released throughout the world in 2003. Produced by Donald Shaw it features a mixture of contemporary and traditional material. Guests include vocalists Tim O'Brien, Karen Matheson and John Spillane. Karan's regular band of Robbie Overson and Niall Vallely are joined by the likes of Dirk Powell, Michael McGoldrick, Dezi Donnelly, Paul Meehan, James Grant and Cillian Vallely.

Traditional songs sit alongside new material from John Spillane & Louis de Paor, Billy Bragg, Ger Woulfe, Tim O'Brien & Darrell Scott, Ewan McColl and Karan herself.

 

 

 

 

 

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"Casey shifts her focus to contemporary folk-pop songs and emerges as the Irish equivalent of Emmylou Harris." Washington Post

"Karan's out in front and from the looks of this will be for many years to come." Irish Music Magazine

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Karan Casey - The Winds Begin to Sing

Karan's second solo album, 'The Winds Begin to Sing', was a major critical success throughout the world. Voted Best Folk Album of 2001 by the readers of Irish Music Magazine, it blended her intimate grasp of traditional music with a daring new approach.

The album featured a mixture of traditional songs collected from the likes of Frank Harte and Áine Uí Cheallaigh and contemporary songs by writers such as John Spillane, Louis de Paor and Andy M.Stewart.

 

 

 

 

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Karan Casey - Songlines

Karan's debut album was produced by Seamus Egan and largely featured the playing of her Solas colleagues. A stunning collection of mostly traditional songs it still sounds as fresh today as it was the day it was recorded. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Karan Casey & John Doyle - Exiles Return

Long awaited duet album from former Solas bandmates Karan Casey and John Doyle. Produced by Dirk Powell and recorded in Nashville, the album draws mostly on the traditional repertoire of Irish, Scottish and English songs alongside one John Doyle original.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buille

Buille first came into being during the summer of 2004. It combines the unique talents of Niall Vallely on concertina, Paul Meehan on guitar and Caoimhín Vallely on piano. Their debut album, produced by Donald Shaw, was released on the Vertical Records label in 2005. The album consists mostly of new music composed by Niall Vallely over the past couple of years. While based in traditional Irish forms, the music draws on a wide range of influences from the worlds of jazz and classical music in particular.

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"Buille is as fresh a breath that's blown through traditional (and roots) circles in a long, long time." The Irish Times

"...a classic of new Irish music. Miss it if you dare." Irish Music Magazine

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Buille 2

Second album from Niall and Caoimhín Vallely's Buille. The album features guest musicians including Zoe Conway (fiddle), Neil Yates (trumpet), Cillian Vallely (pipes), Ed Boyd (guitar), Brian Morrissey (bodhrán, banjo, percussion), Kate Ellis (cello), Paul Meehan (guitar), Karen Dervan (viola).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"...another spine-tingling collection that bursts with originality...A thoroughly challenging collection that will stimulate brainwaves and pelvic girdles in equal measure." The Irish Times

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Buille Beo

Stunning new live album from Buille. Featuring Niall and Caoimhín Vallely with Ed Boyd (guitar), Brian Morrissey (bodhrán/percussion) and Kenneth Edge (soprano sax), it was recorded at the Ionad Cultúrtha in Baile Mhúirne in West Cork.

 

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Niall Vallely - Beyond Words

Debut album by virtuoso concertina player, featuring Gerry McKee and Frank Torpey of Nomos, Caoimhin Vallely and Paul Meehan of North Cregg, Cillian Vallely of Lunasa, plus Mel Mercier and Gerry Culloty on percussion.

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Niall and Cillian Vallely - Callan Bridge

Niall and Cillian’s album, ‘Callan Bridge’, was released by the Nashville-based company Compass Records in early October 2002 and is now being re-released by Crow Valley Music.

It was recorded over several months on two continents during those intervals when the brothers’ tour itineraries made it possible for them to get to the studio. Practice time was limited, but years of playing together have given Niall and Cillian a near-telepathic musical understanding, as demonstrated by the extraordinary note-for-note synchronicity achieved in their duet selections. They were also helped out by some of their friends, who happen to be among the best and most innovative in the business: for the Philadelphia recordings U.S.-based guitarists Donal Clancy and John Doyle; and for the sessions in Ireland younger brother Caoimhín Vallely on the piano and Armagh guitarist Paul Meehan. Six original tunes by Niall are balanced by a number of pieces unearthed from old manuscript collections. The boys from Armagh play these melodies, which for decades existed only as fading dots on forgotten pages, not as antiquarian curiosities but with a vigorous virtuosity that brings them fully to life and affirms the unbroken continuity of the Irish musical tradition.

 

 

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"This is drawing room grandeur mixed with muscular belly punches to the solar plexus...Glorious." The Irish Times

"...brilliant...a recording that bristles with vigour and clearly inherited musicality." The Herald

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Caoimhín Vallely - Strayaway
Stunning collections of traditional music played on piano by Caoimhín Vallely - also features contributions from Paul Meehan (guitar), Brian Morrissey (bodhrán), Niall Vallely (concertina) and Cillian Vallely (pipes)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Armagh Pipers Club - 40th Anniversary Album
Double album recorded to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Armagh Pipers Club. Features new recordings by current and past pupils of the Pipers Club featuring: Niall, Cillian and Caoimhín Vallely, Brian Finnegan, Paul Meehan , Jarlath Henderson, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Stephanie Makem, Barry Kerr and many more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Live Recordings from the William Kennedy Piping Festival
Live Recordings from the William Kennedy Piping Festival featuring performances from the World's leading pipers: Gordon Duncan (Scotland), Michael McGoldrick, Jose Manuel Tejedor (Asturias), Kathryn Tickell (Northumberland), Allan MacDonald (Scotland), Anxo Loremzo (Galicia), Luig Lai (Sardinia), Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Cillian Vallely, Ceri Rhys Matthews (Wales), Mick O'Brien, Gianni Perilli and Guido Iannetta (Italy), Robert Watt, Tommy Keane, Moebius (England) and the Field Marshall Montgomery 'Mini' Pipe Band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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"What can I say? Allow yourself to be convinced. There is so much bland music being peddled nowadays - various shades of grey all posturing as ‘the alternative'! These recordings are the real alternative. Ignore the preconceptions about bagpipes that you have been hobbled. This is a path into a different set of possibilities. Dare to take it. There is another landscape, different to the ones to which you are accustomed". JMI

"If you had a dream about piping this would be it. If the pipes stir your blood then get your hands on a copy of this album a.s.a.p." Irish Music Magazine

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Live from the Katherine Cornell Theater
A Double-album collection of the highlights of seven concerts held at the Katherine Cornell Theater on Martha's Vineyard during 2002. Niall and Cillian Vallely along with Donal Clancy are featured alongside such notable musicians as Paddy Keenan, Tommy Peoples, Sean Tyrell, Teada and the Kane Sisters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anglo International
Anglo concertina playing from around the world

A 3 CD set featuring some of the best Anglo concertina players from around the World. Lovingly compiled by Alan Day, it includes a lavish 48 page booklet, and almost 4 hours of music! For full details and a download of the booklet, go to the Anglo International website. Featured musicians include Niall Vallely, Noel Hill, Mary McNamara, John Kirkpatrick, Bertram Levy and many, many more.

 

 

 

 

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Cillian Vallely & Kevin Crawford

On Common Ground

Two of the most well-known musicians on the Celtic music circuit, flute player Kevin Crawford and uilleann piper Cillian Vallely have just released this exciting new album, “On Common Ground”. A couple of years of researching tunes in between a heavy schedule of band commitments has directly led to this recording from Lúnasa’s powerhouse melody makers.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Tasty tunes and terrific playing make "On Common Ground" one of the recording triumphs of this still young year” Irish Echo

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Niall Vallely - CD Rom Concertina Tutorial
Learn to play the concertina with Niall's CD ROM concertina tutorial. Video and audio files combine with music notation, text and photos to make the learning process as easy as possible. The tutorial caters for all levels from the absolute beginner to very advanced players. The tutorial also includes a performance piece and an interview with the tutor.
In the beginners' section the Anglo-concertina keyboard is simplified by initially dividing it into sections, and Niall demonstrates the basic skills of playing the instrument using easy, slow-paced tunes. Jigs and Reels are then introduced and ornaments are added gradually. The individual parts of these tunes are demonstrated on video at a slow pace and the full tune is subsequently demonstrated at a medium pace so that you can play along.
The advanced section features jigs and reels that are more highly ornamented. The scope of the tunes is broadened and the extensive keyboard is fully explored. Niall also introduces ornamental techniques unique to his style.

 

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