Recordings

Na Fir Bolg

Na Fir Bolg

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Tunes in the Church

Tunes in the Church

Solo Album

Solo Album

  • 'Nothing short of spectacular' (BBC Radio Northern Ireland)
  • 'Album of the Month' for April (SHMU FM, Aberdeen)
  • “Album of the Month” on Midnight Campfire, Juice FM + Totally Radio.
  • 5 Star Review ***** (Irish Times) - 'An earthy delight’..... 'The record’s limited-edition hexagonal case is a masterclass in form and function.'
  • 5 Star Review ***** (Folking.com) - 'This is a superb solo artiste with feeling, amazing timings, drama, humour and obvious dedication to his craft.'
  • 5 Star Review ***** (Folk Wales Online Magazine) - '....an utterly delightful album'
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  • "In this recording Cormac and Jack have produced music that pays homage to the beauty of the melody in a way that is neither flashy nor overproduced. The unhurried pace is perfect for letting the tune unfold and also allowing subtle but powerful rhythm to be part of their music. The balance between being slavishly beholden to tradition and being personally creative is a difficult balance to maintain. This recording is a fine example of this balance being beautifully expressed." - Martin Hayes 2011

    “Large concertinas are not easy to master, but its made sound easy here” - Alex Monaghan (Irish Music Magazine)

    “This concertina recording is the highlight of the last decade or more” -Tony Lawless(TradConnect)

    Jack Talty and Cormac Begley carry a wealth of musical heritage from west Clare and west Kerry respectively. The masterful weaving of regional styles inherent in their duet playing, ranging over five octaves, has defined their inimitable and unmistakable duet sound, a considerable achievement for two musicians still in their mid-20s. The combination of baritone and concert pitch concertinas allows a creative and playful freedom to explore a variety of tones and colours.

    Talty and Begley’s seminal recording, Na Fir Bolg, recorded over four evenings in St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church Galway, draws on material from their respective musical strongholds. This concertina duet displays a dynamism and mastery of a varied repertoire, evident from the subtle approach to Joe Bane’s and the Gypsy Princess barndances, to the wild exuberance of Kerry slides,Johnny O Leary’s and If I had a wife. Na Fir Bolg has been highly acclaimed both nationally and internationally.

    “In this recording Cormac and Jack have produced music that pays homage to the beauty of the melody in a way that is neither flashy nor overproduced. The unhurried pace is perfect for letting the tune unfold and also allowing subtle but powerful rhythm to be part of their music. The balance between being slavishly beholden to tradition and being personally creative is a difficult balance to maintain. This recording is a fine example of this balance being beautifully expressed.”

    Martin Hayes

    “Is iontach an rud é nuair a thagann dís nua ceoltóirí le chéile – breith úr agus fuinneamh nua sa tsaoghal. I gcás na beirte seo, tá stair agus dúchas láidir ina gcuislíbh óna muintir is ón ndúthaigh ónar síolraíodh iad. Is maith liom an dá ghuth neamhspleách ar dhá chonsairtín ag déanamh ceoil le chéile in’ aon pháirt chomh dlúth san go measfá, ar uairibh, nách bhfuil ann ach an t-aon uirlis ceoil amháin. Taispeánan san go bhfuil an dá chloigean dultha in aontaíos srutha agus gur aon amháin atá ag seinm – gach duine den mbeirt taréis ísliú agus umhlú don sruth ceoil. An ceol atá ina mháistir agus na garsúin ag freastal air. Chun an cumas sin do bheith ag duine ní mór do aiclíocht le seinm uirlise, féith an cheoil agus an t-intleacht agus an féin mhórtas curtha i leataoibh. Tá Jack agus Cormac ionnan sna taifid seo. Is maith liom an ceol a dheinid. Molaim go mór é agus beid ag éisteacht leis go minic mé féin.”

    Peadar Ó Riada

    “Talty and Begley play concertinas here – nothing else – and their duets are so sweet and natural that I was wondering if this was actually one supremely talented man playing the tune on two hands…Na Fir Bolg is definitely full of the intoxicating pure drop, Irish music distilled through the ages. The title refers to a mythical race of men who inhabited Ireland, and who may have had something in common with our two bellows-pumping heroes – who may even have made similar music… Jack Talty and Cormac Begley bring a wealth of inheritance from west Clare and west Kerry, and their instincts for the delicacy of a tune is writ large, particularly on Cronin’s/ I Do Not Incline. The space between the notes is as important as the notes themselves, and the duo instinctively marries both with a delicate touch. With idiosyncratic tune choices, and traversing five octaves, Talty and Begley add an intriguing dimension to an instrument that revels in its top billing”.

    Siobhán Long, The Irish Times

    “Let us all bow down and give thanks to Jack and Cormac. Let us give praise to their musical ingenuity, to their rhythm and their rolls. And now this, another addition to the traditional musicians list of albums you must have in your collection…Music like this is simply on another level…Na Fir Bolg gives us glorious uncensored concertina music in a setting that I haven’t heard for quite a while. The melody and interplay of instruments is steady as a rock, the melody always shines through and before you know it you are caught up in the magic that they weave. This concertina recording is the highlight of the last decade or more”.

    Tony Lawless, TradConnect

    “Large concertinas are not easy to master, but Jack and Cormac make it sound easy here”.

    Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine

  • ‘Sublime’ [Track 6] – Tony Lawless (Tradconnect, July 2013)

    ‘Track of the week’ [Track 6] – Tony Lawless (Tradconnect, July 2013)

    ‘A masterclass in timeless musicianship and restrained emotion, with Cormac exploiting the bellows of his instrument to the fullest’ - Siobhán Long (**** Irish Times – The Ticket, August 2013).

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