Aoife Blake - Debut Album : The Green Hills
Aoife Blake, traditional harper, fiddle player and singer from Co. Galway, based in Cork, releases her debut album 'The Green Hills' on Friday 14th February.
'The Green Hills' is a culmination of the past two years of Aoife’s exploring of traditional music on the harp in particular, how it fits in and stands out in various ensemble settings, and her exploration of other traditions, especially Scottish and old-time music. The album features her new solo harp arrangements of traditional tunes and songs, as well as ensemble tracks featuring Ryan McAuley (five string banjo), Caolán Keogh (fiddle), Ciara O'Leary Fitzpatrick (concertina) and Ultan Lavery (fiddle).
The album will be launched at Coughlan’s Live, Cork, 9pm on 14th February (sold out), with more dates to be added soon.
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Aoife's passion for traditional music developed in her childhood in Milltown, Co. Galway, on into her time at University College Cork studying Music and Gaeilge, and later at CIT Cork School of Music. Although rooted in Irish music, she takes influence from other music traditions, and her playing and arrangements reflect her love for the purely traditional, as well as more contemporary sounds. She recently graduated from CSM with an MA in Music Performance under the tutelage of Johnny and Cormac McCarthy, and Anne-Marie Papin Labazordiere, having played her last two masters concerts to a packed-out audience - one in the Stack Theatre, CSM, and the other at the beautiful Goldie Chapel, Nano Nagle Place.