22 November 2011
Ogham Ensemble is another of the bands I play in, we play music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, Britanny, Asturias and Galicia, and Scandinavia. Although not all are represented in this short selection.
These are some recordings of the first gig we had, back in August. That was when the band was about two months old, we're playing much better by now, but I have no newer recordings yet, so I hope to share more stuff soon.
The fourth piece, 'The Dancing Trees', is a four-part reel I composed. The name comes from an image at the window of my parents' house, of trees being shaken mercilessly by really strong winds. The first two parts came to my mind a few weeks after returning home from an amazing trip to Ireland in which I attended many sessions with my brother, and drank copious amounts of Guinness beer and peated whiskey (Yay!). The seed that would grow to become Ogham Ensemble was a duet I had with Ernesto, who plays the pipes and the whistles. And it was when I started playing with him and was reunited with this beautiful music, that I wrote the third and fourth parts of 'The Dancing Trees'. We were then joined by Irene (bodhrán and pipes) and Nabani (fiddle), and the band was complete.
Ogham Ensemble has profiles at Facebook, SoundCloud and YouTube. And a webpage that is still under construction at oghamensemble.com.
I hope you like the music!