Aaron Dillon launched his debut album Brown Envelope last night in a packed Triskel Arts Centre. We were lucky to get in as we were late and missed a great support act by all accounts. I’ve been looking forward to this album for ages, almost all the songs are familiar having seen Aaron Dillon play a few times, the first being when he supported Mick Flannery in the Opera House and more recently in The Roundy. Mick Flannery came on and accompanied for a few songs during the set which was a nice touch.
The album itself is well produced with a good mixture of haunting songs and more upbeat banjo-backed tracks to have you slapping your knees in time. The guitar arrangement and interplay between Aaron and Dave Hackett is fantastic and a joy to watch live. They are playing in Drogheda on May 29th and back in Cork for a charity gig on the 12th of June in The Whisky. If last night is anything to go by, get along to one of these if you can. I’m not sure how widely distributed the album is but I’d say keep an eye on his MySpace for more info. This album, along with Ian Whitty’s forthcoming album, are already looking like albums of the year for me.
There are some more photos in the full set on Flickr.
On Thursday night last Tobar an Cheoil came to the Triskel in Cork in the guise of three fantastic traditional musicians: Brian McNamara on uilleann pipes, Gráinne Hambly on harp and concertina and Éamon Ó Donnchadha on flute and vocals. As well as the delectable playing from all three, they interspersed the music with good humoured chat and detailed information on the history of the tunes they play. I also play the uilleann pipes but I know very little about the history of the music I play so I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the night.
I haven’t been to the Triskel for quite some time now and I had forgotten what a wonderful room they have for music. I’ll be back there next Friday when Aaron Dillon launches his debut album. On Thursday night however, the bass beat from The Long Island across the lane from The Triskel could be heard at times, especially when solos were being performed. I hope this doesn’t interrupt the gig next week.
Tobair an Cheoil are touring the country at the moment as part of the Music Network series of gigs, they even have a Music Network van which Brian seemed to be very proud of and we spotted afterwards parked nearby. Here are the remaining gigs so if they play near you and you want to see top class traditional music being played, get on down to this.
- Saturday 17 May Thurles (Source Arts Centre, 8:00 p.m.)
- Sunday 18 May Portlaoise (Dunamaise Arts Centre, 8:00 p.m.)
- Tuesday 20 May Waterford (Christ Church Cathedral, 8:00 p.m.)
- Wednesday 21 May Carrick-on-Shannon (The Dock Arts Centre, 8:30 p.m.)
- Thursday 22 May Castlebar (Linenhall Arts Centre, 8:00 p.m.)
- Friday 23 May Clifden (Church of Ireland, 8:00 p.m.)
- Saturday 24 May Virginia (Ramor Theatre, 8:30 p.m.)
See a few more photos in the full set over on Flickr.