Today, after 3 years in the making, I finally release #Ériu, an orchestral album of music all Irish in origin.
It’s exciting and cathartic to finally send it into the world and to share it with you. The response so far has really blown me away. I want to sincerely thank all the legends that helped me make my dreams come true.
💚The RTÉ Concert Orchestra of course, led by Mia Cooper for bringing the music to life. It’s very much alive!
💚The enduring friendship, support and encouragement of Brendan Graham, our partnership is a cornerstone of this work.
💚The other-worldly playing of Fiddler John Sheahan on the song that we wrote together; Jasmine Flower.
💚The sheer epic power of Sarah Class ‘s musical might in the piece we wrote called Hibernia. And all the endless chats and friendship, backing vocals, piano playing, choral arrangements….. what would I do without you!?
💚The generosity of Composer Patrick Cassidy in allowing Gerald Peregrine and I to reimagine Vide Cor Meum as a duet for voice and cello with new English Lyrics by Brendan Graham, it now exists as Love Endless.
💚The magic and mischief of the beautiful musical soul that is Neil Martin in his playing on Silent O Moyle and his arrangement on Crúcan na bPaiste, and to Máirtín O Connor for his sublime playing on that song.
💚The mighty trumpet solos from William John Morse Palmer on An Raibh Tú at an gCarraig and In Paradisum.
💚The unique guitar playing of my dear pal Robbie Overson.
💚Conductor Joe Csibi, arranger Gavin Murphy, engineer Damian Chennels
💚My wonderful recording engineer Dave Mc Cune at Ventry studios and Ciaran Byrne mixing engineer, I am indebted to you both for your patience and friendship while I produced this album over the constraints of times & distance.
💚And Simon Gibson at Abbey Road Studios for sprinkling his expert sparkle over the masters. And Jonas Wedtling for postproduction on Hibernia.
💚To Nigel Elderton, Anne Miller, Luc Floreani and all the team Peermusic UK for your enthusiasm and excitement for the music
💚The champions of Irish artists RTÉ especially RTE Lyric FM Marty Whelan – I’m looking at you!
💚The indefatigable support, positivity and love from my family and friends, without which I couldn’t have pulled it off.
I think you get the gist.
I’m grateful. My heart is full of gratitude.
💚My cup runneth over 💚