Two New Releases

August 31, 2009

I am happy to announce two new releases featuring my music.

I’m delighted to announce the release of my second CD ‘Contemporary
Traditional Irish Guitar’. This CD features my own solo guitar
arrangements of tunes written by Irish composers over the past 50
years or so. It includes 20 tunes by the great Paddy Fahey, alongside
tunes by Liz Carroll, Charlie Lennon, Tommy Peoples, Ed Reavy, Larry
Redican and one set of my own tunes.

It is available online here
It is also available in Custy’s music shop in Ennis and it should be available soon in other shops
including iTunes and Amazon.

I’m also delighted to announce that my music features in a new
anthology of guitar music published by one of the largest music
publishers in the world, Mel Bay. They have just published the book
‘Contemporary Anthology of Solo Guitar Music for Five Fingers of the
Right Hand’, the first ever compilation of new music written
especially for guitarists to incorporate the little finger into their
plucking technique. For those of you that don’t know, most guitarists
don’t use their little finger when playing and this is something which
has been addressed by the books editor Charles Postlewate, who spent
many years developing this new technique. I’m very proud to be part of
this landmark publication with my pieces ‘Four Etudes for Five

You can read more about this book here –


I recently returned from New York where I was a guest of the Juilliard School of Music and their New Music Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Joel Sachs. Four members of the ensemble gave the US Premiere of my second String Quartet ‘The Cranning’ to a capacity audience of over 900 people at the Summergarden concert series at the Museum of Modern Art.

It was a fabulous event and I really enjoyed my time there. Many thanks to Dr. Sachs, the musicians and Melanie Monios and her staff at MOMA for making me so welcome and helping make the event one of the highlights of my career so far.

Also thanks to Allan Kozinn of the New York Times for covering the event
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and special thanks to Culture Ireland for providing me with funds for my travel expenses to New York 

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Thanks also to Eve O’Kelly and the staff at the Contemporary Music Centre for helping to secure the performance of the piece.

Here’s some photo’s relating to my trip.


The Summergarden Audience

The Summergarden Audience


Me and the Juilliard Ensemble Quartet

Me and the Juilliard Ensemble Quartet





The Quartet Perform

The Quartet Perform