Tulla accordionist, Andrew Mac Namara and London fiddler, Karen Ryan first met and played music together at the Feakle Traditional Music Festival in 1991. Over the 25 years since then, they’ve played together on and off in Feakle, Galway and London. During the last few years, Andrew and Karen have been joined by Karen’s husband, Liverpool pianist Pete Quinn, and the trio has played some high-powered sessions as part of the Feakle Festival at Pepper’s Bar each August. There seems to be a spontaneity and spark to the music when the three get together, which many have commented on.
This prompted their decision to record an album in Andrew’s house over two days in February 2017, engineered, mixed and mastered by Matt Purcell. The album was launched at this year’s Willie Clancy Summer School, with further performances at the Feakle Festival, the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis, and Tunes in the Church in Galway. The CD will also be launched at this year’s Return to Camden Town and Ennis Trad Festivals. The trio’s collective musical CVs include both solo and group albums.
Reviews of From Camden to Tulla received to date include:
“A beautiful and energetic album with wonderful bounce. Two thumbs way up.”
Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo (US)
“Masterly renditions of some grand old tunes with that lift and vivacity born of a deep love and understanding of the music.” Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine (Ireland)
Accordion Workshop –
London Irish Centre
Sun 29th Oct
11am – 1pm
£10 / £6 under 16s