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Lunny plays beautifully in Music in the Glen, on Old Hag, on The Best of the Bothy Band (Green Linnet 3001), and on Altan's The Red Crow (Green Linnet 1109). He joins Colm Murphy in Altan's A Bhean Udai Thall on Horse with a Heart (Green Linnet 1095).
Green Linnet 3085.
Shifting Gravel, Green Linnet 3084.
Walsh was bodhrán champion of Leinster from 1979 to 1985. He has played bodhrán since the early 70s, playing with Van Morrison, Declan Masterson, Clannad, Jackie Daly, Sean Keane, and most recently with Sean Tyrell and Davey Spillane. Walsh also teaches.
Celtic Thunder's first album was self-titled (Green Linnet 1029); I have their second, The Light of Other Days (Green Linnet 1086), and their new album, Hard New York Days, (Rego Records R3035, phone them at 800-854-3746; re-issued by Kells Music KM-9503, phone 800-854-3746 or e-mail to email@example.com). They also appear on The Rights of Man: The Concert for Joseph Doherty (SIF 1111) track 6.
Winch shines on The Light of Other Days, and has a solo piece called The Flaming Shillelagh which really shows off his talent. It has some rather silly mixer tricks -- the drum bounces back and forth between the left and right speak -- but only for a few seconds. Hard New York Days also shows off Winch's talents and includes another solo piece. I saw the band at their album release party at Tommy Makems in NYC, where they played a lot of the music on the new album. About half the time, Winch played his bodhrán with a framedrum style. He also uses doumbek and ceili drums on the album. Winch has another solo on The Rights of Man.
In October 1995, Winch took part in a session in NYC which was filmed by PBS for a special on Evelyn Glennie, the Scottish percussionist. Along with Winch, the session included Linda Hickman (flute and whistle), Patrick Ourceau (fiddle), Eamon O'Leary (banjo), and Greg Anderson (bazouki). The special should air in April.
These days, Winch is touring with two bodhráns: One by Charlie Byrne and one of Fred Halpin's new tunable drums with a tanned goathide skin. He also teaches.
Thanks to Jeff Cook for the photo.
Grady also makes drums and teaches.
Deirdre plays drums made by David Gormlie and Charlie Byrne.
Quinn performs on Donal Lunny's self-titled album (CIF 133); Andy's Front Hall recommends it. He has worked with Andy M. Stewart and Manus Lunny, and appears on Noirin ni Riain's Stor Amhrain and Seoirse O Dochartaigh's Blath Bui. He played in the group Black Oak in the mid 1990s; he's now playing in Cian, which cut its first CD in 1999.
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