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Rogha Bhríde 20150507 Bríd's celelbration of "The New Blackthorn Stick" and Andy Lamy interview by Rogha Bhríde on Mixcloud


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Reviews  
  

"Overall, the goal was to create an album that would show the gamut of what the clarinet could potentially do in Irish Traditional Music. [Lamy] adds that 'this was not the first appearance of the clarinet in Irish music—since brothers Paul and James Ryan had played clarinet and saxophone with the Paddy Killoran Band in the 1930’s—but I wanted to make fitting tune choices that would show off the clarinet’s ability to play in the same wide range as the fiddle, and then add to that a sonority and resonance akin to that of an accordion or a piper.'"

– TradConnect (read the full review)


"To those who like to muse that traditional music is caught in an ever decreasing spiral of self-regard, this collection from classically-trained New York clarinettist, Andy Lamy will halt that hoary old argument in its tracks. The crisp, sweet clarity of the clarinet is remarkably well-suited to Lamy's carefully chosen repertoire. At the core of The New Blackthorn Stick is an openness to the river run of the tune, so that melody lines reign supreme. While he keeps company with a formidable mix of musicians here (Mary Bergin, Dermot Byrne, Floriane Blancke and Brian Conway for starters), Lamy delights in revealing the fine print embedded in his selection of slow airs, and his reading of Tommy Peoples' 'An Feochán' is a revelation in pacing, tone and emotional breadth. Ensemble Ériú have recently placed the clarinet at the heart of their more avant-garde sound, but Lamy's the first clarinettist to insinuate himself into the heart of the tradition. It's a spot that he's unlikely to vacate any time soon."

– The Irish Times (read the full review)


Looking at the album under the various tune types you can’t but be impressed with the slow airs.  Here the instrument excels as you might expect, with texture and emotion in abundance. … The New Blackthorn Stick is an outstanding and significant recording that has opened up some new, exciting  possibilities in traditional music.

– Tony Lawless, TradConnect (read the full review)


"Revolutions usually don't sound so sweet. On the lovely and lively album The New Blackthorn Stick, Andy Lamy gives the clarinet a new place in Irish traditional music."

– Marty Lipp, Huffington Post (read the full review)


Why did no one think of this before? Part of the reason must be that his music brings together a musician with the perfect style to the perfect art form. This is a real bank shot of fortune, ability and creativity. There is great imagination at work here, yet it is no gimmick. Drawing support from musicians as great as Tommy Peoples and Gerry O’Sullivan, you know this is no gimmick. It works. It does so beautifully. Yet another door opens for traditional music. Good on you, Andy! A stunning debut.

Live Ireland (read the full review)


 “This very distinctive instrument is not commonly associated with traditional folk instrumentation, but its mellow tone and depth are highly compatible with the actual dynamics of Celtic folk, as well as with the melodic sensibilities of these timeless melodies.

“... a masterfully executed collection of tracks that encompass creativity and musicianship in a very unique and compelling way. 5 stars from Celtic Radio." 

Celtic Radio (read the full review)


"Perhaps the album’s most compelling moment, however, is “An Tiarna Mhaigh Eo (Lord Mayo),” a slow air Lamy took from the playing of the great Donegal fiddler Néilidh Boyle. There, he’s joined by Dermot Byrne (button accordion), Haley Richardson (fiddle), Mike Stewart (viola), Floriane Blancke (harp) and Jonathan Storck (bass), who come together to create a lush, dreamlike musical texture that is easy to get lost in."

– Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo (read the full review)


“The unique sound, the depth of tone and the ability in Andy’s hands give his clarinet indisputable claim to a warm embrace and welcome in that ancient, expressive, graceful, and melodic genre that is traditional Irish music.”

Tommy Peoples, Donegal fiddle master and member of the Bothy Band


“The New Blackthorn Stick makes an important contribution to the search for new sounds and timbres while staying within the Irish tradition. Andrew Lamy has taken a bold step in introducing new instruments to an old tradition. He is well equipped to take on this exciting task, for he not only has a strong background in classical music, but he has also studied Irish traditional music in great detail and knows the importance of phrasing, ornamentation, and staying within the boundaries of the modal system. He has surrounded himself with top musicians and chosen some very interesting material to work with, and the end result is thought provoking, entertaining, and rewarding.

“Even afterwards, the sensitive arrangement lingers in the soul and allows the mind to drift into a mesmeric state of well being, mystery, and muse,” Lennon says. “This is a well-rounded album that will be around when others have long faded into the ether.”

– Charlie Lennon, prolific Irish tune composer, fiddler and pianist; member of Dog Big Dog Little


“So here I am listening to Andy Lamy’s new album demos very late into the night. I find myself returning to his own tunes over and over again. His compositions are unique yet distinctly familiar too ... and that’s the holy grail right there. They’re totally in keeping with our existing body of tunes, and I’m sure they’ll become favorites at sessions all around the world.”

– Kevin Crawford,flutist of Lunasa


“Andy’s Irish clarinet album is pure joy—full of soulful tunes to stir the heart, this unique album is a must have.”

– Ricardo Morales, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet



Press Release

  
Contact:
press@andylamyclarinet.com
www.andylamyclarinet.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Andrew Lamy releases The New Blackthorn Stick—the first ever traditional Irish music album for clarinet
Master Irish musicians join Lamy for album of traditional reels, jigs, hornpipes, slow airs, and original compositions
Electronic version available now; CD available May 1

(APRIL 14, 2015)—Acclaimed clarinetist Andrew Lamy announces the release of The New Blackthorn Stick—the first ever Irish traditional music clarinet album. On the 17-track recording, Lamy performs fast dance sets, lyrical, and slow airs in both solo and group instrumental combinations, featuring legendary master musicians who taught and inspired him in his pursuit of adding the voice of the clarinet to Irish traditional music. The recording (produced by Andrew Lamy and Penguin Studios @ William Paterson University) is available for digital download now and will be available on CD on May 1.

A woodwind soloist on the roster of Artist International Management, Lamy is a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Saint Louis Symphony, Royal Opera of London, and Artis Quartet Vienna. He has garnered critical praise for his solo performances with the Halcyon Trio, NJSO, and Knoxville Symphony, where he has given the world and regional premieres of Lalo Schifrin’s Triple Concerto for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, commissioned for Halcyon Trio.

As a Irish traditional musician, Lamy has studied with renowned tin whistler Mary Bergin and New York/Sligo-style fiddle master Brian Conway, in whose traditional music session he performs regularly. Lamy has won gold in the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Irish music competition and performed with the acclaimed Chieftains at New York Town Hall.

“The clarinet has a sweet voice that one does not usually hear in Irish traditional music, but it works well—it resonates in a unique way,” Lamy says. “Since there was no clarinet master in Irish trad, my first lessons and training were with Mary Bergin on tin whistle. Over time, I started to play my clarinet more at Irish sessions—I wanted to add the clarinet’s voice to this music in a way that would match the swing, style, ornamentation, and phrasing of the tradition.

“The New Blackthorn Stick became an outgrowth of my studies, weekly trad music sessions in New York and New Jersey, and my experiences at summer festivals in the Catskills. The Greater New York area is one of several very distinctive enclaves of Irish culture outside of Ireland, and this album has a very New York/Sligo sound in several tracks, and music from counties Donegal, Galway, Dublin, and Cork are also represented. There are a few solo tracks, but I really wanted to explore the combination of clarinet with other traditional instruments, so there are several tracks with combos of up to 8 or 9 players.”

Irish music luminaries have noted the historical importance of this album that introduces the clarinet as a featured instrument within Irish traditional music. “The New Blackthorn Stick makes an important contribution to the search for new sounds and timbres while staying within the Irish tradition,” prolific Irish tune composer, fiddler, and pianist Charlie Lennon says. “Andrew Lamy has taken a bold step in introducing new instruments to an old tradition. He is well equipped to take on this exciting task, for he not only has a strong background in classical music, but he has also studied Irish traditional music in great detail and knows the importance of phrasing, ornamentation, and staying within the boundaries of the modal system. He has surrounded himself with top musicians and chosen some very interesting material to work with, and the end result is thought provoking, entertaining, and rewarding.”

Lamy welcomes a number of master musicians, including Mary Bergin, Conway, Dermot Byrne, Kevin Crawford, Jerry O’Sullivan, John Whelan, Gabriel Donohue, and Donie Carroll. Irish historian Don Meade provides liner notes that explore the historical context of each track.

The New Blackthorn Stick was recorded from December 2013 to January 2015 in sessions in Spiddal, County Galway, Republic of Ireland; in Brooklyn and Yonkers, New York, and at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. Lamy announced the project with an IndieGoGo campaign in November 2014.

The digital album is available online at CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com/m/cd/andylamy), as well as on iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp; CDs will be available at CD Baby beginning May 1.

ANDREW LAMY

Clarinetist Andrew Lamy is critically acclaimed for his sweet, colorful tone, liquid phrasing, immaculate technique, and energetic performance style. Lamy has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, and Royal Opera of London; has appeared as a soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, and Lake Placid Sinfonietta and has performed numerous international broadcasts with the Metropolitan Opera. He is a member of the NJSO, Halcyon Trio, and Mixed Flock Ensemble.

Lamy has studied Irish music with tin whistler Mary Bergin and fiddler Brian Conway. He has won gold in the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh and has performed with the acclaimed Chieftans at New York Town Hall.

FEATURED ARTISTS

The New Blackthorn Stick features artists including Greg Anderson, Mary Bergin, Floriane Blancke, Dermont Byrne, Donie Carroll, Brian Conway, Kevin Crawford, Gabriel Donohue, Dylan Foley, Steve Holloway, Patrick Mangan, John Nolan, Jerry O’Sullivan, Haley Richardson, John Walsh, and John Whelan, as well as the artists of Mixed Flock Ensemble—Jimmy Musto, Mike Stewart, and Jonathan Storck.

Of his distinguished guests, Lamy says: “These are not so much colleagues of mine as they are friendly superstar teachers and guides, all willing collaborators in the effort to add the voice of clarinet to the Irish traditional music without altering the tunes’ essential character, phrasing, and regional styles, fitting in to the traditions ‘as we got them,’ so to speak—open-minded and adventuresome souls, to a one!”

ADVANCE PRAISE

“The unique sound, the depth of tone and the ability in Andy’s hands give his clarinet indisputable claim to a warm embrace and welcome in that ancient, expressive, graceful, and melodic genre that is traditional Irish music.”
– Tommy Peoples, Donegal fiddle master and member of the Bothy Band

“The New Blackthorn Stick makes an important contribution to the search for new sounds and timbres while staying within the Irish tradition. Andrew Lamy has taken a bold step in introducing new instruments to an old tradition. He is well equipped to take on this exciting task, for he not only has a strong background in classical music, but he has also studied Irish traditional music in great detail and knows the importance of phrasing, ornamentation, and staying within the boundaries of the modal system. He has surrounded himself with top musicians and chosen some very interesting material to work with, and the end result is thought provoking, entertaining, and rewarding.

“Even afterwards, the sensitive arrangement lingers in the soul and allows the mind to drift into a mesmeric state of well being, mystery, and muse,” Lennon says. “This is a well-rounded album that will be around when others have long faded into the ether.”
– Charlie Lennon, prolific Irish tune composer, fiddler and pianist; member of Dog Big Dog Little

“Andy’s Irish clarinet album is pure joy—full of soulful tunes to stir the heart, this unique album is a must have.”
– Ricardo Morales, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Clarinet

HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT ALBUM

  • First-ever Irish traditional clarinet album.
  • First-ever recordings of some 19th-century tunes as collected in the 1903 O’Neill’s Music of Ireland source material (e.g. The Green Branch & The Green Linnet Reels).
  • First recorded performance of the ancient setting of the G-Mixolydian Tiarna Mhaigh Eo (Lord Mayo) Slow air as collected and demonstrated by Neillidh Boyle in his 1930s recording, “A Feeling in the Blood”

Charlie Lennon on Tiarna Mhaigh Eo—

“The standout track for me is the slow air Tiarna Muigh Eo (track 4). This beautiful and little-known air is full of everything that is rich and rewarding in Irish music. Andrew produces a stunning interpretation of the piece with a depth of feeling and understanding that makes you wish it would never come to an end. And even afterwards, the sensitive arrangement lingers in the soul and allows the mind to drift into a mesmeric state of well being, mystery and muse.”

Unique combinations of clarinet locking step with star regional artists, such as Mary Bergin on whistle, New York/Sligo master Brian Conway on fiddle (e.g. Track 6 Tom Steel Reel set and Track 12 Gold Hornpipe Set), and “London Irish” musician John Whelan on button accordion (Track 2, Cottage in the Glen set).

4 new original tunes composed by Andy Lamy (e.g. Track 1 “Felix Gone Fishing Jig” written for Felix Dolan, Track 5 “The Echo of Carrowkeel Slip Jig”, Track 7 “The Fiddling Barrister Hornpipe” written for Brian Conway, and Track 11 “Finn McCoul’s Favorite Reel”, as named by Tommy Peoples). 
Charlie Lennon on Lamy’s original compositions—“Andrew's own compositions are well crafted, fit comfortably within the idiom and allow the many forms of this new instrument to express themselves in a manner which exploits the potential of the music.”


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Audio Engineers—Dave Kerzner of Penguin Studios (Principal) at William Paterson University, John Walsh, Greg Anderson, Steve Holloway, Ed Kenehan, Dermot Byrne, and Floriane Blancke in Spiddal, Galway; Mixing—Dave Kerzner, Greg Anderson, and Jeannette & Peter Clemons; Mastering—Scott Anthony.

DIGITAL PRESS KIT & LINKS

A digital press kit includes the full electronic album as both mp3 and lossless WAV audio files, as well as complete liner notes, additional press quotes, artist information, and high-resolution images. Download the press kit

View video clips of the making of the album:
Sample clips from The New Blackthorn Stick (December 13, 2014)
The New Blackthorn Stick Demo (November 26, 2014)
The Wild Set (September 26, 2014)
High Part of the Road (October 31, 2014)

PRESS CONTACT

press@andylamyclarinet.com
www.andylamyclarinet.com