"I met Angelina Carberry for the first time a number of years ago, when she joined one of my regular sessions in Hughes's Bar in Spiddal.
It was immediately apparent to me that her slaving embodied all the qualities of a great musician. She had perfect rhythm, an unhurried pace,
subtle phrasing and the rarest of gifts, the ability to make it all sound so easy.
I have always taken great pleasure in the many sessions we have played together since. I think the banjo and the accordion complement each
other very well in duet playing.
Angelina must think this too, as this is her second album with a box player, the first with her father, Peter was very warmly received and won unanimous praise,
On this, her second outing, Angelina is joined by her partner. Martin Quinn, a marvelous accordion player from Armagh! Again this album has the advantage of that perfect empathy between musicians who know each other so well. Interesting for me, the highlights of this recording are the individual performances of both players, which is a testament to the strength of their musicianship.
Not many albums are complete without a good accompanist and John Blake is not a good accompanist, he is a great one!!
It is a source of comfort to me that these young musicians have such a deep understanding of our traditional music and their love and respect
shines through in every track.
1 have listened to this album quite a number of times now and, like all great recordings, it keeps getting better each time. If it gives other listeners half the pleasure it has given me then no music lover should be without a copy." Baill Ó Dhia ar an obair, Johnny Connolly
The Peeler and the Goat:
The Peacock's Feather:
- Reels: McCarthy's /Andy McGann's
- Hornipipe & Reel: Murphy's /The Fair Haired Girl
- Jigs: The Tenpenny Piece / The Peeler and the Goat / Sean Bui
- Hornpipes: The First of May / The Blackbird
- Reels: The Green Groves of Erin / Burnes
- Jigs: Connie The Soldier / Humours of Ballingarry / Maloney's Wife
- Air: Aililiu na Gamhna
- Reels: Finbar Dwyer's
- Reels: Col. McBain / Roll Out the Barrell
- Jigs: The Rooms of Dooagh / Con Curtin's Big Baloon / Happy To Meet Sorry To Part
- Hornpipe & Reels: The Peacock's Feather / Sporting Nellie / The Green Pigeon
- Barndance: McNamara's / The Carricknagavna Barndance
- Jigs: Rooney's Favourite / Paddy Fahey's
Folk World Web Site
This is the second take of Angelina Carberry, exchanging her father Peter for her husband as her duet partner Martin Quinn. Angelina Carberry & Martin Quinn are based Galway nowadays. Born in Manchester, Angelina hails from a renowned musical family from Co. Longford and played with the Bumblebees); Martin comes from Co. Armagh and toured with Gerry O'Connor and Na Dorsa. Angelina is no mean banjo player with a swinging, rhythmical style that holds the sets together. Martin Quinn plays the accordion in marital harmony. The music is flowing and the pace is controlled. Reels and jigs dominate, a mixed bag of common sesson tunes, some rather obscure, and a few recent composed pieces by Paddy Fahey & Co. There's a few hornpipes too as well as a slow air and a barndance written by Martin. John Blake, accompanist extraordinaire of Teada (-> FW#23, FW#29), adds some guitar. However, very modestly, it's an banjo/accordion album after all. Walkin' T:-)M
Froots Reviews April 05
Banjo aficionados, however, will be equally happy to discover the delights of Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn's self titled debut.
The Living Tradition
Angelina is a tenor banjo player, born in Manchester into a County Longford famiiy, who moved to Galway, picking up musical influences en route: Martin plays accordion and melodeon, and comes from a County Armagh family. They have respectively played with the Bumblebees and La Lugh among others.
Theirs is a marital as well as a musical partnership, which may explain a lot of the empathy that they exhibit in this album. Their playing is fluid but perfectly tight, each feeding off the other, and having a great time of it as well. There is a certain affinity between tenor banjos and squeezeboxes anyway, I have always felt, and together they can lift a tune and carry it along in grand style.
Like all good musical partnerships, they understand the importance of timing and phrasing, allowing the pace to suit the melody not going all-out when not needed, but not afraid of a fair turn of speed when it suits. What we also get here is the feeling that this is a session in waiting, as you just want to grab hold of some instrument or other and join in (if you think you're good enough!) Angelina and Martin are subtly and wonderfully accompanied here by John Blake on guitar and piano, and also by Alan McCartney on guitar.
Talented musicians playing at their best and sounding like they're really having fun - what more can you ask for? Gordon Potter
The Scotsman On Sunday 14.11.04
An ex-Bumblebee, and the third generation of her family to play the banjo (the fretted bodhran to its many detractors), Angelina shows how to play traditional Irish music with delicacy, flowing rhythm and playful empathy with her husband Martin's (La Lugh, Dorsa) accordion. Add the discreet and entirely apposite accompaniment of guitar/piano maestro John Blake and you have an album that's as hypnotic and ever-shifting as their view across Galway Bay to the Aran islands. Chill out listening to this with a pint of extra-cold Guinness. NORMAN CHALMERS
The Irish Post 13.11.04
New CD showcases banjo and accordion
A CD has been released featuring some of the finest recordings of banjo and accordion music to emerge from Ireland in recent years.
The CD, from Reel Trad Records (RTRC D001), features husband and wife combination, Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn, accompanied by the most sought after accompanist in Ireland today in John Blake.
Angelina was born in Manchester and is a member of the highly respected Carberry family. This is her second recording following her debut album, Memories From the Holla with her father Peter.
Martin Quinn also comes from a strong musical background with roots in Co. Antrim. He has been a professional musician since 1992 and has toured with La Lugh and is currently a member of Dorsa.
On this 13 track CD, the banjo and accordion complement each other and there is an obvious empathy between musicians who know each other very well. The CD is a good mixture of reels, jigs, hornpipes and airs.
What stands out is the unhurried pace, the subtle phrasing and that rarest of gifts - the ability to make it sound so easy. Joe Mullarkey
IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE.
"A Landmark Recording in Traditional Irish Music." Martin McGinley.
Here, they are, palin and unvarnished by even a little on the CD, but they certainly do what it says on the tin and a lot more besides. Angelina is a banjo player of taste and technique, and this is her second excursion with accordion. Her first was with her father, Peter, and this one is performed with Martin Quinn from Armagh.
The album has an introductory note from Johnny Connolly, where he remarks on the lovely rhythm and unhurried pace of her playing. It's not a word of a lie: this is spacious music, as natural as breathing.
There's a grand selection of tunes, including some old slip jigs like the Tenpenny Piece, and wekk-known tunes like the Creen Groves of Erin. If you want to hear immaculate and effortless triplet playing, here's a fine example.
Martin has a very fine solo version of the old song Ailliliú na Gamhna, the lovey unrushed style shows to advantage in the couple of barn-dances. I also loved the togetherness of the playing in the slip Con Curtin's Big Balloon, referring to the London pub and its landlord.Very tasty playing, and you wouldn't notice the hours slip by as you re-sample the many little savoury morsels. More, please, and soon. John Brophy
THE IRISH TIMES.
"Tradition glancing backwards and forwards at the same time. Mighty fine!" Siobhan Long.
THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE.
"Calm dreamy tunes on perfectly synchronous accordion and banjo on easy tempo that savours sentiment over speed." Fintan Vallely.
The Irish Echo
'Tunes performed at a blissfully unfrenetic pace with an enviable ripeness and discipline throughout from two superb young instrumentalists,'
There's nothing bashful about a banjo and a button accordion, and in the wrong hands these instruments, separately or together, can blare.
Fortunately, they're in the right hands here, as they were when Manchester-born banjoist Angelina Carberry played beside her Longford-born
button accordionist father, Peter, and accompanist John Blake on "Memories From the Holla" in 2001.Backed by guitarist-pianist John Blake and guitarist Alan McCartney, Angelina Carberry joins a button accordionist with Armagh roots, Martin Quinn, on tunes performed at a blissfully
unfrenetic pace with an enviable ripeness and discipline throughout. This is sweet-spot, session-seasoned playing from two superb young instrumentalists. Earle Hitchner
'Their sound is reminiscent of the Flanagan Brothers at their best' Finbar Boyle.
The Evening Herald.
' What shines here is the especially fine precise rhythm and melody, creating an hypnotic atmosphere' Sarah Me Quaid.
The Irish Times.
"The pair bring grace and danger,teasing out the intricacies of each instrument. This collection is particularly impressive' Siobhan Long.
A young banjo player from a noted musical family, Angelina Carberry first attracted notice through the recording entitled "Memories of the Holla"
which she made with her father, accordion player Peter Carberry, and the great John Blake on guitar and piano. Now paired up with Martin Quinn,
an accordion player from Armagh, and still expertly backed by Blake, Carberry delivers another wonderful performance, bringing an elegant and lyrical (dare I say "feminine"?) touch to her playing of an instrument more known for its percussive tone, all the while swinging with abandon. Quinn has a rather light touch as well, and does lovely harmonic work with the left hand, so that his playing complements Carberry's perfectly. Quinn also plays the melodeon on a couple of tracks, including his solo, and a banjo-melodeon unaccompanied duet which sounds right out of a Flanagan Brothers 78rpm record. There a quite a few well-known tunes on here (sometimes disguised under other titles, like "The Tap Room" called "Andy McGann's"), and some more seldom heard ones, like the two fabulous Finbar Dwyer reels. Lovely stuff! Philippe Varlet Rating: ****Angelina Carberry
Born in Manchester in the late 70's into a County Longford family steeped in Traditional Music for Generations. It was not long before Angelina's interest and keen ear for the music quickly developed.
Starting on the tin whistle she soon moved to the Banjo following in the footsteps of her father Peter and her Grand father Kevin. Angelina has
since developed a highly personal style with an electric rhytmn that captivates anyone who is lucky to hear.
In 1998 Angelina moved to Galway and quickly established herself on the local music scene. Soon after she recorded a duet album with her father Peter on Accordion and accompanied by much sought after accompianist John Blake on Piano and Guitar. The CD received critical acclaim from
leading newspapers and music journalists.
Angelina has also toured in Europe with trad band the Bumblebee's and has also taught at the well known Tocane Summer school in the South of France
Martin Quinn comes from a family of musicians and raconteurs of traditional stories. The family has it's roots in County Armagh. At an early age
Martin developed a keen interest in traditional music and especially that of the accordion.
Martin took up the accordion in 1981 and since then he has developed a highly refined unique style and is regarded as one of Ireland's finest exponent's of the accordion.
In 1996 Martin received the TTCT Diploma from the Irish Department of Education and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann for teaching the 2 row Button Accordion.
Martin began his professional career as a musician in 1994. Since then he has toured Europe and the USA various bands including Lá Lugh appearing
at festivals in France, Finland, Britain and Germany.
He has featured on TV and radio nationally and internationally and has contributed to Paul Bradley's fine solo album "The Atlantic Roar" and more recently on Composer Josephine Keegan 's double CD 'Lifeswork' contributing 2 tracks. Martin is currently working on na Dorsa's 2nd CD.
When not playing Martin is in keen demand as an Accordion tuner and repairer and also as a Box teacher.