Up and Coming
(Ó Ghlúin go Glúin)
Oisín & Conal Hernon
1. Reels: Richard Dwyer's/ The Flax in Bloom
2. Jigs: Mick Quinn's / The Stormy Night
3. Hornpipe and Reel: The Kildare Fancy / Trim The Velvet
4. Reek: Lucy Campbell's / Sheila Coyle's / McFadden's Favourite
5. Jigs: The Luck-Penny / Dinny O'Brien's
6. Song: Sean-Phádraic
7. Hornpipes: The Plains of Boyle/ The Friendly Visit
8. Reels: O'Dowds No. 9 / The Collier's Reel
9. Slow Air: An Goirtín Eoman
10. Jigs: The Queen Of The Fair / The Rambling Pitchfork
11. Reek: The Drunken Tinker / The Donegal Traveller
12. Jigs: The Renmore Jig / Philomena's Fancy
13. Hornpipes: The North Shore / Paddy Parry's
14. SbwAir: Úrchnoc Chéin Mhic Cáinte
15. Reels: The Moving Cloud / The Mason's Apron
16. The Way I Are
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Up and Coming
Ó Ghlúin go Gliún
Oisín & Conal Hernon
with Carl Hession
New Album Showcases two young Traditional Musicians
Up and Coming - O Ghluin go Gluin is a new album of traditional music from Oisin and Conal Hernon, released on the Clo lar-Chonnachta label.
Brothers Oisin and Conal Hernon are two young musicians from the Aran Islands who, although just sixteen and thirteen years of age respectively, display the musical ability and skills of musicians twice their age. They began playing music when they were very young, both starting out on tin whistle, with Oisin moving to button-accordion at the tender age of six and Conal taking up banjo at the age of nine. It wasn't long before they began playing in competitions and they have amassed a long list of prizes over the years, including All-Ireland titles on button-accordion and banjo. They have performed music on many stages, with one of the highlights being a performance for visiting EU ministers and dignitaries during Ireland's hosting of the EU Presidency in 2004. The brothers' musical talents come as little surprise because their mother, Marion, is also an accomplished musician who has won the All-Ireland title for button-accordion, as well as prizes for singing in English and Irish. Her own parents are also musical - her mother is from Milltown Malbay in west Clare, a town renowned for traditional music, and her father is an accomplished box player who toured Ireland with his band, The Inky Craven Dance Band. This exceptional family can boast seventeen All-Ireland titles between them, spread over three generations, and all three generations can be heard playing on Up and Coming - O Ghluin go Gluin.
The tunes on the album include two of Conal's own compositions - 'The Renmore Jig', named after the place where his grandparents live, and 'Philomena's Fancy', named after his grandmother as well as a song by Marion, 'Sean-Phadraic'. The brothers turn their music skills to a different genre of music for the final track, an instrumental version of 'The Way I Are' by Timbaland!
Oisin and Conal will be performing in Aistear Ceilteach - Celtic Passage, a traditional music and dance show on Inis Mor, throughout the summer.
Oisin and Conal are 16 and 13, respectively, as of the time of this recording. Oisin is on the button box, Conal on the banjo. Of course, it goes without saying they come from an incredibly talented musical family. The immediate family, including the brothers, has 17 All-Ireland titles to its credit. To hear two musicians this good, this mature and this young can get depressing. Stunning. Stunning. This much talent and their whole lives ahead of them. Who wins? All of us! Especially us. We get to hear them for years, God willing. Get up,'ya boyos! It is on Clo-iar-Chonnacta. Is this label capable of producing anything less than perfection from each of its artists? Rating: Four Harps Bill Margeson