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Jack Talty and Cormac Begley carry a wealth of musical heritage from west Clare and west Kerry respectively. The masterful weaving of regional styles inherent in their duet playing, ranging over five octaves, has defined their inimitable and unmistakable duet sound. The combination of baritone and concert pitch concertinas allows a creative and playful freedom to explore a variety of tones and... more

Jack Talty and Cormac Begley carry a wealth of musical heritage from west Clare and west Kerry respectively. The masterful weaving of regional styles inherent in their duet playing, ranging over five octaves, has defined their inimitable and unmistakable duet sound. The combination of baritone and concert pitch concertinas allows a creative and playful freedom to explore a variety of tones and colours, an approach that has been described as a Renaissance of the concertina in Irish traditional music.Talty and Begley's seminal recording,Na Fir Bolg, recorded over four evenings in St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church Galway, draws on material from their respective musical strongholds.

This concertina duet displays a dynamism and mastery of a varied repertoire, evident from the subtle approach toJoe Bane's and the Gypsy Princess barndances, to the wild exuberance of Kerry slides, Johnny O Leary's and If I had a wife. Na Fir Bolg has been highly acclaimed both nationally and internationally.

"In this recording Cormac and Jack have produced music that pays homage to the beauty of the melody in a way that is neither flashy nor overproduced. The unhurried pace is perfect for letting the tune unfold and also allowing subtle but powerful rhythm to be part of their music. The balance between being slavishly beholden to tradition and being personally creative is a difficult balance to maintain. This recording is a fine example of this balance being beautifully expressed." - Martin Hayes

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