Ré is a traditional Irish music group that has toured the world over the past three years. Ré, an Irish word, means 'era' or 'moon' and is pronounced 'ray'.
Michael Keegan-Dolan and I dreamt of a piece of theatre that would honour our cultural heritage. In that dreaming, we aligned our creative impulses with those of Seán Ó Riada’s. Eight contemporary dancers (Ino, Saju, Anna, Louise T, Saku, Louise M, Mani and Keir) and four musicians (Cormac, Maitiú, Eithne and Martin) joined us. We sat in a room together looking at what we had and it looked good. We got into hours and hours of playing and dancing. We made a show, Rian, and it ran in Dublin and in London, first with Martin. After, Peter came and brought his otherworldly sensitivity to the group. We took it to New York, Sydney, Rome, Lyon, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand. In Wellington, the band talked about the idea of making a record. Five stories find their way into a disc - a set of songs and tunes gathered from our collective memory. Cormac, Maitiú and Eithne are scholars. They never stop tempering their craft; learning and sharing new and old tunes and songs. We took ourselves to St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church and invested our energy and stories into the recording you are hearing. In this life there is pain; our brothers and sisters are living through unimaginable pain. We share that pain. Our music came also, from great pain and confusion. We would like to dedicate this record to those people who are crying out for our help and compassion. Ceol agus gaol.
Liam Ó Maonlai
released October 9, 2014
Liam Ó Maonlaí - singer, piano and bodhrán
Peter O Toole - singer, bouzouki and guitar
Eithne Ní Chatháin - singer and fiddle
Cormac Begley - bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertinas
Maitiu Ó Casaide - whistle and uilleann pipes
Venue: Tunes in the Church, St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway.
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Jack Talty (www.jacktalty.com
Cover photography by Conor Ferguson
Photography of live concert by Emilija Jefremova
CD artwork by Edel Butler
The vestry at St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway, Gary Hastings & Catherine Moore-Temple, Jack Talty, Áine Bird, Carol Cronin, Saileog Ní Cheannabháin, Eoin Ó Beaglaoich, Paraic Mac Donnchadha, Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich, Emma Ó Sullivan, Ciaran Ryan, Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), Anna Kaszuba, Michael Keegan Dolan, Sandra Ní Mhathúna, Mikee Lonergan, Niall Varley, Ashley Smith, Carmel Hayes, Peter Jordan, Johnny O’Reilly, Doey Lüthi, Jonathan Ford, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Company, Louise Mochia, Louise Tanoto, Ino Riga, Rachel Poirer, Mani Obeya, Saju Hari, Saku Koistinen & Keir Patrick.