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Carolan's Dance ~ New Album ~ 2020

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Carolan's Dance

Áine Minogue

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"Carolan's Dance," the first single and the title track from her 2020 release, is an upbeat duet with Áine's longtime collaborator, Eugene Friesen, on cello. According to Áine, “this is among my favorite O’Carolan compositions and is a wonderful opportunity to play with my musical hero, as well as let loose and have fun on a piece that truly expresses O'Carolan's vitality and gift for melody!"

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Carolan's Dance ~Single

IRISH HARP MUSIC

Áine’s new single, entitled “Carolan’s Dance,”  - from an upcoming album of harp music - is now available on all your favorite downloading and streaming services. Click here to learn more about this album and the Composer Turlough O Carolan.

"Carolan's Dance," the title track, is an upbeat duet with Áine's longtime collaborator, Eugene Friesen, on cello. According to Áine, “this is among my favorite O’Carolan compositions and is a wonderful opportunity to play with my musical hero, as well as let loose and have fun on a piece that truly expresses O'Carolan's vitality and gift for melody!"

The full album compilation of O'Carolan compositions featuring Áine's harp together with guest musicians, will be released on April 24, 2020. 

The album is a tribute to the 18th century Irish harper and composer Turlough O’Carolan who wrote exclusive for Irish harp. Four of the tracks have been newly recorded, eight are compiled from tracks previously recorded by Áine, and one track “Second Sight” was written as a tribute to the composer who was blinded by smallpox at the age of eighteen.

“Aine Minogue… A balm for our times" Entertainment Weekly

"... musically compelling..."  LA Times 

Áine Minogue has been a staple of the Irish and Celtic music scene for many years completing sixteen solo albums to date. She is prominently featured on numerous compilations, many of which spent months on the Billboard 100 music charts (World, Folk, New Age, Classical) Minogue is also a frequent contributor to TV soundtracks.

For more on Turlough O Carolan, Irish harp music and this album, click here. 

Áine Minogue proves beyond reasonable doubt why the harp is indeed the instrument of Angels” - Randy Lewis

— LA Times

New Single ~ Planxty Power

Keeping tradition Alive!

The second single from Áine's upcoming album of harp instrumental music, Carolan's Dance is entitled Planxty Power.

She's joined by Vermont grammy-winning cello maestro, Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), as well as the gifted Seamús Egan on Irish whistle. 

Áine describes Seamús as "the most gifted and visionary musician of our generation."  His album "When Juniper Sleeps" presaged everything that was to come musically, not just in Irish music but in much of folk and world music on both sides of the Atlantic. People use the word "honor" a lot, but it is truly an honor to get to play with him."

Planxty Power is considered a core part of the composer's (O'Carolan's) body of tunes. According to Minogue "it's hard not to fall into a waltzey default rhythm. The trick is to keep its original charm and playfulness without falling back on waltz time to do all the musical heavy lifting. It's classic Carolan! The underpinnings of joy are unmistakeable. It has a kind of love running through it... It's why his music still shines and resonates. There's a kind of goodness in it." 

Planxy Power is available on all streaming and downloading services as of February 21, 2020.