Traditional Irish Music (With An Attitude) Comes To Socorro
SOCORRO, N.M. March 21, 2011 – The rolling hills of the Emerald Isle and the history of the Irish people bring to mind lyrical music and mixed tempos, from the exuberant fiddles of weddings and other celebrations, to the mournful pipes of lament.
|The band Slide-Ireland will perform at Macey Center on Friday, March 25. Prior to the concert, Tech Club-Club Macey will present happy hour with corned beef and cabbage.|
The five members of “Slide
Irish music has its core in rich oral traditions, as befits a country whose economic history is based on agriculture. Slide
Now meet its members: concertina virtuoso Aogán Lynch, fiddler-guitarist Daire Bracken, bouzouki and mandolin player Mick Broderick, pianist-flautist Éamonn de Barra and the talented Galwegian, Dave Curley.
“We try to bring a contemporary feel to our performances including newer songs like ‘See Thru Blu’ by Daire, or ‘Follow on’ by composer Paul Brady,” said de Barra. “Dave Curley is a great singer and brings a huge amount to each gig. He also has some well chosen folk songs in his repertoire, including ‘October song,’ ‘The Night Visiting song,’and ‘The Maids of Culmore.’”
De Barra and Bracken attended the same school, and met Lynch, Broderick and Curley at various festivals and sessions along the way.
“There's a really vibrant traditional music scene amongst the younger generation in
Indeed, the group got its start winning over crowds at various pubs during a local music festival in
Of Slide’s second release, “Harmonic Motion,” the magazine proclaimed: “The melodies and musicianship are first-rate. … (Slide) can sing, they can write, they can dance across fingerboards and piano keys, buttons, and bows, and by crikey they can play.”
“Slide is steeped in traditions unique to the southern shores of
de Barra said traditional southern music differs from its northern counterpart in
“Like the accents in the Irish and English languages spoken up north and south, the music differs somewhat,” de Barra explained. “The southern music is a little smoother, and has more of a drawl to it – you could say it’s a little sexier, where northern music is wilder, and rougher.”
“Irish traditional music is very resilient; in other words, when you blend it with other ethnic, electric, or eclectic influences, it holds up well,” he said.
“It's a trial and error kind of process, really,” de Barra said. “When you love the music as much as we do, then you tend to have more patience with the dissemination of the music. It’s stripping it right back to the fundamental elements, finding compatibilities and merging them with similarities we find in other music that we like. It’s a great feeling when you discover something that nobody else has done – makes it all worthwhile.”
In 2005, Slide
Irish musician-producer Donal Lunny, who helped judge the competition, said Slide
By way of explanation, Galwegian Gaelic is an extinct dialect formerly spoken in
Tickets for Slide are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $14 for youths 17 and under; with a $2 discount if purchased by 5:00 p.m. the day before the performance.
Tickets are available at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of
Arrive early at
Sponsors for Slide are KUNM-FM, the N.M. Tech Graduate Student Association, Dr. Robert and Kathy Markwell, Survice Engineering and Super 8 motel.
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