Mendicity is full of depth and creativity, and is arguably Slide's finest work to date. Every track adds a newly discovered colour to a meticulously selected palette. This is the first studio album to feature the silken vocals of Dave Curley, and includes the hit song 'The Bird', penned by Irishman Martin Denning.
With tunes from the Fleischmann collection appearing on an audio recording for the first time in carefully crafted instrumental numbers, the band introduces fresh sounds with exquisite accompanying soundscapes. Collectively Daire Bracken, Aogán Lynch, Mick Broderick, Dave Curley and Éamonn de Barra have given us a flavour of what the new generation are capable of. The tradition is in safe hands.
1. Polca Fada
Plinn - by Dédé Thomas / Finbar Dwyer's - by Finbar Dwyer / Polka Plinn / Des's Polka / Taur Polka / Tom Barret's #1 / Plinn - by Daniel Le Féon / Polca Shéamus Uí Chaoimh / The Listowel Polka
A selection of Irish Polkas intermixed with Breton Plinn Daire learned on our frequent travels to Brittany.
A song about dowry, greed and the love of a horse!
3. The Sliabh Luachra Mule
The Bob-Tailed Mule / Dan Cronin's
A tune learned from Connie O’Connell became an uncanny match for this classic Old Time tune Aogán plays.
4. Na Cóisirí
John Kelly's Slide / An Cóisire / Denis Murphy's Slide #3 / Johnny O'Leary's
'S é an cóisire a bhíonn i bhfeighil ar chúrsaí um bainise. Ní mór dó chinntiú go mbeidh neart craic ar fáil!
5. The Bird
Written by: Martin Denning, Published by Deerpark Music
Martin Denning penned this beautiful song circa 1993 during a period of deep reflection. He passed the song onto Éamonn some years later.
6. Song For A Winter’s Night
Written by: Gordon Lightfoot, Published by Moose Music, Inc.
This song came to the band through the Dr. O Beirne Collection of audio recordings that Tom Mulligan generously gifted upon various members of the group. Gordon Lighfoot wrote it in Cleveland, Ohio, on a cold winter's night when a snowstorm had descended.
7. Former Lasses
My Former Wife / The Belturbet Lass – by Mick Broderick
Mick wrote the second tune for his mother.
Johnny is Gone to France / The Road to Monalea - by Colm O'Donnell / Campbell's / The First of May – by Cormac Juan Breathnach
The first tune is Daire’s take of a tune dug from the archives, Colm’s classic reel is followed then by Tommy People’s take on a tune he heard from Miko Russell and we finish with a tune that shares a name with another but not the story: the Minister for Arts at the time, Michael D. Higgins, launched Deiseal’s Long Note album that featured this tune written in honour of International Workers' Day, the same year the May holiday was introduced in Ireland. I wonder will our new President be available for a launch now!
9. October Song
Written by: Robin Williamson, Published by Warner-Tamerlane Pub Corp.
Dave was drawn to this song on hearing Bert Janch doing a lovely rendition.
The Merry Old Woman / Rakes of Kilkenny / Slip Jig / The Torrid Romance / Tom Moylan's Frolic
Dreas poirt luascaigh a tharraing Éamonn & Daire amach as na gcartlann, leanaithe le cúpla ríl de chartlann cinn Aogáin!
11. The Shores Of Lough Bran
Cá háit eile ach i gContae Liatroma!
Daire Bracken: Fiddle & Strings
Aogán Lynch: Concertina
Mick Broderick: Bouzouki, Mandolin & Percussion
Éamonn De Barra: Flute, Whistle, Keyboard & Bodhrán
Dave Curley: Vocals, Guitar, Banjo & Mandolin
Guest Musician: Peter Eades on Bass tracks & Synth on track 11
Recorded by Peter Eades at The Playroom and The Mill, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Thomas Boyer at GBSRecords.com, Ohio, USA
Track 6 “The Bird” Recorded by Karl Odlum, Dublin, Ireland
Additional recording by Éamonn De Barra, Piemonte, Italy & Daire Bracken, Dublin, Ireland
Mixed by: Peter Eades
Mastered by: Aidan Foley Masterlabs
Photography: Paul McCarthy
Graphics & Artwork: Daire Bracken
Daire plays a Brad Higgins fiddle & pickup bradivarius.com
Éamonn plays Des Seery D flute, Copely & Boegli C flute,
Eckermann ;O Kane bodhráns; Overton Low F Whistle.
Éamonn & Slide would like to thank Music Network for their support
All tracks Arranged by Slide and Traditional except where noted
All tracks Copyright Control © Copyright Slide Music Ltd. 2013
Produced by Slide
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