Conor Byrne and Improvised Music Company
Peadar Ó Riada - concertina
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh - fiddle
Martin Hayes - fiddle
Triúr is an album of 16 tracks of 19 new compositions composed by Peadar O'Riada, recorded in Peadar's home, Draighean, in Cul Aodha. The title Triúr refers to the three musicians involved, Peadar on concertina, Caoimhín O'Raghallaigh and Martin Hayes on fiddles. All three have individually made their own mark playing Irish music and now collectively have created a new inheritance for future generations.
The project took root after Peadar and Martin spoke at length at the 2008 TG4 Music Awards where each were recipients’, Peadar for composition and Martin as Musician of the Year. The conversation continued when they met up at the annual gathering of traditional musicians, the Willie Clancy festival where they recruited Caoimhín on the spot. Finally a year ago last April they gathered in Peadar’s house, an Draighean, and commenced a musical journey together. Now, a year later the recording simply titled Triúr sa Draighean can be regarded as a vital and major contribution to the canon of Irish music.
In Peadar’s extensive sleeve notes for each tune he informs the listener of the inspiration and subsequent naming of them, a very helpful tool for future scholars. There are jigs and hornpipes, reels and slides, even a polka named in honour of Martin Hayes. The one song, Trathann an Taoide (track 5) is beautifully haunting, with the addition of the Indian Tambura and the drone like sound of Peadar’s voice. Rarely do you hear two fiddles and a concertina on a recording but in the hands of these three masters of their instruments it is pure joy. The recording process was simple, all three just played and as Martin Hayes has said of the experience, " We didn’t overly concern ourselves with technical details. We were in the moment operating on instinct and feeling. We decided not to make any attempt to edit or manipulate any of the tracks recorded. What you hear is exactly what happened in the room. Whatever little flaws or mistakes that occurred remain."
To celebrate the release of the recording all three come together again to perform as one for three concerts.
Supported by the OPW
Wed 28th April St. Audeon’s Church, High St, Dublin
Thurs 29th April, Ionad Culturtha, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork
Fri 30th April, Glor, Ennis, Co. Clare
PEADAR Ó RIADA Official Website CLICK HERE
CAOIMHÍN Ó RAGHALLAIGH Official Website CLICK HERE
MARTIN HAYES Official Website CLICK HERE