23 June 2015

Old-time duos - news from Dublin

Thanks to Gerry H[ogan?], who reports:

The two young musicians who do the excellent 'Drunkard's Hiccups' session on Mondays in the Thomas House [86 Thomas St., Dublin 8] have a new short EP album that I've really been enjoying! You can download it for free at this Bandcamp URL if you're interested. It's pretty strict oldtime to my ear anyway.

Don't know if they play any gigs, but they're in the Thomas House on Monday evenings and are regular guests at the Cobblestone session on Saturday afternoons.

The musicians are Anna Lisberg (vocals, fiddle) and Brian Flanagan (vocals, banjo), and their recording, I fell with vehemence a-thinkin' (cover art shown above), released yesterday, has seven tracks with a total playing time of over twenty minutes. The hard-copy CD with 'cool recycled cardboard sleeve, offset printed at Stumptown Printers in Portland, Oregon' (home of the Foghorn Stringband and many other groups) costs €6. The 'Drunkard's Hiccups' sessions, founded in Sept. 2013, start each Monday at 9.00 p.m.

Complete track listing: Up jumped Joe in the middle of it; Train on the island; I fell with vehemence a-thinkin'; Rove Riley; Liza Jane; Chasing the squirrel; Poor Ellen Smith / Chinquapin Pie.
Tim Hawkins (fiddle) and Richard Hawkins (banjo) no longer have the inestimable musical companionship of Cathal Cusack (guitar), owing to Cathal's domestic and professional commitments. If there's anyone out there who plays guitar (ideally in old-time styles, but Cathal's bluegrass-style backup worked very well), can lay down a groove, and loves old-time songs and tunes, they'd be glad to hear from him or her by e-mail.

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