Inspired By Chance
Aine McGeeney: Fiddle/vocals/Glockenspiel
Conal O'Kane: Guitars
James Harvey: Banjo/Mandolin
Tadhg O'Meachar: Piano/Piano Accordion
*Goitse (Go-with-cha) is an informal Gaelic Irish greeting meaning ‘come here'.
"Goitse have a unique personality which is manifested in their music which I really love." - Donal Lunny
The multi-award-winning quintet Goitse , was forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University's Irish World Academy. Recently crowned Live Ireland's ‘Trad group of the Year', Chicago Irish American News' ‘Group of the Year', as well as winning the prestigious ‘Freiburger International Leiter 2016' award in Germany, they have made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music. Their third album, Tall Tales and Misadventures, has received rave reviews as the band continues to take the traditional Irish music scene by storm.
Hot off the press, 'Inspired By Chance' is the fourth and latest studio album released by the band Goitse. The album reflects all of the unexpected inspirations that have brought the band to where they are now. Self-produced, and recorded with Seán Horsman in Ephemeral Studios in County Galway, this CD definitely reflects a certain maturing that the band has gone through. With a good mix of songs, traditional melodies, as well as more contemporary Irish music, Goitse's clever arrangements meet rocking tunes and sweet songs in this latest album.
The three songs on the album are beautifully sung by Áine McGeeney. An Irish language song, An Bonnán Buí, tells the story of an alcoholic who comes across a yellow bittern who died of thirst by a frozen pond. The alcoholic draws parallels between the deceased bird's struggle and his own, but in the end declares that there is not much point abstaining from drinking now, as there will be none to have after his death.
The Hills of Sweet Lislea, penned by Finbar Magee, the composer of My Belfast Love from Goitse's 'Transformed' album, is a song inspired by the letters sent home to their loved ones by World War One soldiers, while Ireland's Green Shore is an old 'Aisling' or vision song.
As far as the melody tracks go, there are two cracking sets of reels in Banjoman Button and First-Class Bananas. The latter was inspired by an unexpected free upgrade to first class that had the band very excited until they found the only perk to be a free banana for the journey!
Perhaps Serendipity sums up the album's sentiment in a way. The first tune on the track came about when James Harvey, the banjo player with the band, started playing a riff backstage at a concert, while Áine started to improvise melodies over the top which eventually moulded its way into a tune. The track then launches into a contemporary tune composed by the fantastic fiddler Tola Custy, before jumping into a traditional polka from the Goodman collection. Jigs, slip jigs, slides, flings, clan marches and three-twos make up the wide variety of tunes on the rest of the tracks on the album to great effect. Overall, lively yet mature tune arrangements and a mix of both sentimental and uptempo songs result in a mature, powerful, and rocking sound to this album.
"The album reflects all of the unexpected inspirations that we’ve had over the past few years. Things like James just riffing away and him and Aine writing a tune around it, or that we happened to hear Donal playing the Requiem.
Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from Ireland and abroad, which make each set entertaining and unique. Laying the foundations for the music are World and All-Ireland Bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O'Kane, who is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of this generation.
The gripping rhythm section sets a powerful drive for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine Mc Geeney draws audiences into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. Her energetic style of fiddle playing is complimented by 7-time All-Ireland banjo champion James Harvey. His ability to transcend genres, combined with his unparalleled technical ability is a joy to behold. Bridging the gap between melody and accompaniment is the piano and piano accordionist, Tadhg Ó Meachair. The Dublin native is renowned for his unique approach to bass work and accompaniment, while also having picked up national awards for his melody playing. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful music and fast paced fun with Goitse.
Also available from Copperplate: Goitse: Tall Tales & Misadventures
More detail at www.goitse.ie
13/07/16 - 25/07/17 Norway, Denmark, Iceland, UK Disney Magic (Cruise) Norway Time: 8:00pm.
29/07/16 - 6.08.16 Ohio: Dayton Ohio Irish Fest, United States
17/08/16 Eschborn: Eschenplatz, Germany Time: 7:30pm.
18/08/16 Böblingen (or Boeblingen), Sommer am See, Alte Tüv-Halle, Germany Time: 7:30pm. Buy Tickets
20/08/16 Bad Wünnenberg: Folk am Turm, Germany
26/08/16 Heerbrugg: Kulturbrugg – Kinotheater Madlen, Switzerland
03/09/16 Landstuhl: Sickinger Highlandfestival, Germany
10/09/16 Portglenone, Antrim, Gig in the Bann, Ireland
15/10/16 Sallins, Meath: Sallins Trad Festival, Ireland
Track 1: The Sweet Hills of Lislea
Track 3: Art O'Keeffe's. Chance
The Hills of Sweet Lislea
First Class Bananas
Ireland's Green Shore
An Bonann Bui (The Yellow Bittern)
*Freiburg international Leiter Music award 2016*
*Trad Group of the Year 2015* - Live Ireland Awards
* Group of the Year 2015* - Chicago Irish American News awards