Music From The White Stone
Having a traditional musician of great skill and awareness of music which has been handed down in a locality is an important cultural asset to any community. Having a family of them is an absolute blessing. This is the case with the Harrigans, Roisin, Damien and Paul. They are amongst the most gifted musicians of their generation and take great pride in the music of their native Inishowen and wider County Donegal. They have handsomely repaid their community and those musicians of the past, who kept the music alive, by their sensitive and studious research and passion for learning. Their playing is performed with a deep respect for the tradition. Even more so, they are exceptional educators in passing on the music through their tireless teaching efforts.
Paul is a multi-instrumentalist; at home holding flutes, the fiddle, mandolin and other stringed and percussion instruments. He is most commanding when playing uilleann pipes and accordion, which he does with rare sensitivity. This recording documents his gift for piping as well as his dedication to taking old tunes, now only rarely heard, and reclaiming them for uilleann pipes. These include melodies from Honoria Galwey’s Old Irish Croonauns (1910) containing rare tunes from Inishowen as collected in the second half of the 1800s as well as Cairdeas na bhFidléirí’s various collections of Donegal tunes. Many of these tunes will surprise the listener as they have not been part of the regularly performed canon of the Irish tradition in recent times. Through Paul Harrigan’s playing they are certain, however, to experience a new lease of life. Paul has also contributed to the Donegal repertoire by creating new tunes inspired by local history, people and the striking landscape of Inishowen. He is joined here by his wife Una Ní Bhriain, daughter Aobha, sister, Roisin McGrory and musical colleagues Tim Edey and Joleen McLaughlin.
Caoimhín Mac Aoidh, Béal Átha Seanaigh, Meitheamh, 2019.