Six Days In Down
On Six Days In Down, two cutting edge talents on the Irish music scene – the masterful Uilleann piper John McSherry and fiddle virtuoso Dónal O’Connor, join forces with the globe-trotting slide-guitarist Bob Brozman, to explore fresh perspectives on the living tradition. Featuring the haunting vocals of Stephanie Makem, the trio deliver an album of startling beauty with splashes of gentle humour.
Bob Brozman is king of the Hawaiian slide-guitar and the world’s leading player of National steel guitars. He has spent a lifetime dedicated to playing, researching and recording music from numerous islands around the world, and on Six Days In Down, he collaborates with two of Irelands finest to bring his uniquely international sound to traditional melodies.
This album features some wonderful traditional tunes that have been arranged by the three musicians such as ‘Cailleach A Shúsa’ (‘The Hag In The Blanket’), which dates to about 1850 and is about the Cailleach, a powerful hag in Irish mythology who rules the winter months between Samhain and Bealtaine. ‘A Mháire Bruineall’ is a song from Co. Donegal that was originally composed by Tadgh O Tiománaidhe in the mid-1700s, in an effort to woo back his true love, and features the wonderfully haunting vocals of Stephanie Makem.
As well as beautifully arranged traditional pieces, this album also features several original compositions. ‘Beer Belly Dancing’ features Irish phrasing played in Arabic mode to create a funky mix and ‘Brelydian’ uses the Lydian mode typical to Malian music. ‘Róise Na bhFonn’ (‘Tuneful Rose’) is a slow air that was composed by Dónal in homage to his grandmother Rose, who was his first fiddle teacher.
Recorded in six days in Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, this album is bursting with fresh and passionate music that draws beautiful soundscapes of unusual timbres and rhythms that support the traditional melodies.
Bob Brozman – Cajon, Charango, Composer, Kona Guitar
John McSherry – Low Whistle, Uillean Pipes
Dónal O’Connor – Fiddle
Eamon Murray – Bodhrán
Produced & arranged by Brozman, McSherry & O’Connor
Mixed by Michael Keeney, Brozman, McSherry, O’Connor
Mastered by Daniel Shane Thomsa
Executive Producer: Brian Carson