At last..! Altan’s Dermot Byrne and French harpist Floriane Blancke’s new album is finished.
The album was recorded in Brendan O’Regan’s studio in Ballinderreen, and produced by Dermot, Flo and Brendan.
As well as accordion, Dermot plays melodeon on one track, and as well as playing harp throughout, Flo also plays piano, and her voice features on a haunting French song.
The album is quite varied, with a mixture of mostly Irish and French pieces. It includes some lovely contributions on guitar from Tim Edey, cellist Eimear O’Grady, percussion maestro Tommy Hayes, Mary Shannon on mandolin, swing guitarist Frank Kilkelly, and of course Brendan O’Regan himself on mandolin, guitar, keyboards and bass.
The south Donegal launch of the CD will take place at a ‘Ceol na gConallach’ concert in Áislann Chill Chartha, Kilcar this Saturday, May 19. The concert which starts at 8.30pm sharp will also feature traditional singer Ann Cunningham. Doors open at 8pm. Admission adults €10, children €5, includes refreshments.