Kilfenora Céilí Band 'Both Sides Now'

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1.  Reels: Molly Bán / The Donegal Traveller / The Maids Of Castlebar

2.  Jigs: Highland March / The Handsome Young Maidens

3.  Polkas: Dinky Doofer / Coolaholliga

4.  Song: Both Sides Now

5.  Hornpipes: Our Last Night Together / The Swan

6.  Reels: Bill Brocker / Miss Johnson's The Green Groves Of Éireann

7.  Song: Crusader

8.  Waltz / Jig: The Jewels Of The Ocean / Tá an Coilleach ag Fogairt an Lae

9.  Slow Piece: Carron

10. Jigs: Paddy Mullins' / The Banks Of Newfoundland / McGuire's / The Frost Is All Over

11. Song: John Condon

12. Reels: Lillies In The Field / The Stone Of Destiny / McFadden's Handsome Daughter

13. Song: John O'Dreams

14. Waltzes: Cathy's Waltzes / Burren Stones / Flaggy Shore

‘Both Sides Now ‘is the title of the Kilfenora’s latest studio release. The title is taken from the Joni Mitchell song of the same name, which receives a stylish treatment in the voice of Edel Vaughan, with rich accompanying arrangement from the band. The album title aptly reflects the new direction the band has taken in recent years, merging selections from its traditional and contemporary repertoire to stirring effect, to “invite the listener into a space where past and future harmoniously coexist”, to quote from the liner notes.

Produced by Dónal Lunny, ‘Both Sides Now’ incorporates the Kilfenora’s familiar material with new compositions from the band’s musical director Tim Collins, along with vocal tracks from Edel Vaughan and Jerry Lynch. Lunny’s intuitive and sensitive production approach has ensured that the music is innovative while remaining true to the tradition. Speaking recently about some of its contemporary arrangements and compositions, Tim Collins explained: “You have to evolve, make [the music ] relevant to the times we live in, it can’t be static or stagnant. “Donal has both challenged and inspired us and we are very grateful to him for sharing his time and genius”

There are fourteen tracks on the album, including tunes by Charlie Lennon, Seán Ryan and Bill Caddick, as well as three sets composed by Tim Collins; ‘Carron’, Burren Stones/The Flaggy Shore and two rousing west Limerick polkas, Dinkydoofer and Coolaholliga’.

Now in its 110 year, The Kilfenora has survived and thrived with each iteration. Currently led by John Lynch who has been at the helm since the mid-nineties, and under whose direction the band won three All Ireland’s (1993, 1994 and 1995, replicating the success of the 1950s version), they’ve played in major concert halls around the world, including at Glastonbury in their centenary year 2009.
‘Both Sides Now’ was launched during St Patrick’s Weekend at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

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