Cross-pollination of tunes and songs is key to keeping the tradition alive, and entails traveling, listening, experiencing other players and singers, bringing new tunes and songs to others, and getting some new ones in return. òran mór is certainly no exception.
I play at a seisiún in Concord, NH each week with these folks, and they are wonderful! Réagánta has just issued a new CD titled “Cup O’ Tea”, and it’s well worth a listen. I was fortunate to have attended their CD release concert/party last night at the Elysium Arts Folk Club in Rollinsford, NH. They presented a lovely mix of songs and tunes, some meancholy, some lively, in various simple and complex arrangements featuring harp, whistle, guitar and bodhrán.
For their last set, they invited all the musicians present to join them, then hosted a little party afterward. If the reaction of the standing-room-only crowd was any indication, Réagánta (“easygoing” in Irish) will be brewing a strong cup ‘o tea for a long time to come!