Boru - The High King of Tara
tells us that in 1014 (1000 years ago) following
a fierce and bloody battle on the plain of Clontarf,
just north of Dublin, the armies of Brian Boru
defeated and routed the Viking invaders from Ireland.
Ten centuries later renowned Leitrim fiddle player
Maurice Lennon composed a superb musical
tribute to the life of Brian Boru. Based on Morgan
Llywelyn's book 'Lion of Ireland' Maurice's sweeping
suite captures the passion, the terror and the
sheer villainy and epic heroism of the times with
all the laconic ease.
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Shaun Davey - Soloist Rita Connolly
Davey's 'Granuaile Suite' is based on on the life
of Irish 'Pirate Queen' Grace O'Malley. O'Malley
was a female Irish Chieftain whose galleys dominated
the seas off the west coast of Ireland in the 16th
century at the time of the collapse of the old Gaelic
The sound of 'Granuaile'
is unique, produced by a chamber orchestra joined
by uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn, acoustic
guitar, Irish harp and percussion. Over and above
the fusion of classical and traditional musicians,
soars the pure voice of Rita Connolly. One song
in the cycle, 'Ripples in the Rockpools'
quickly became a popular classic and is now in the
official Irish school syllabus. More
Available online in CD and
Of Their Craft
Of Their Craft' is a compilation release on the
Tara Music label containing eighteen tracks from
some of the foremost artists and groups in the world
of Irish music.
Over the last thirty years Tara Music has been privileged
to have recorded and worked with artists such as
Clannad, Planxty, Shaun Davey, Stockton’s
Wing, Christy Moore, Moving Hearts and many more.
This compilation portrays these artists performing
at their best, with their music spanning genres
from World Music to Contempory Irish and Folk.
|We have just received
a limited stock of
De Dannan's classic 1991 release
This 16 track album includes, vocalist Tommy Flemming
along with Frankie Gavin, Colm Murphy, Derek Hickey
and Alec Finn.
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