“Éalú – Foreign Links”, the new album from Cormac Breatnach, will be released on Mandala Discs and available for download in early 2012. The album, co-produced with Gavin Ralston, can be purchased in physical format through Cormac’s website www.cormacbreatnach.com from 20th December 2011.
Cormac Breatnach will be performing tracks from his new album, "Éalú – Foreign Links" at a lunchtime performance in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall on Tuesday, 20th December. The performance, which takes place as part of the Soilse na Nollag series, will feature guest performances from Aoife Doyle, Johnny Taylor, Gavin Ralston and Sean Whelan.
Éalú (pronounced “Ay-lou”) means escape, evasion, (unheeded) elopement, passage (of time, of tide). Thirteen years have passed since his last musical journey, and on this recording, in which Cormac plays Susato low-whistles exclusively, he is joined by 17 talented musicians and five singers from four continents.
The album contains 10 new instrumental compositions by Cormac, most of which are contained in the title track, Éalú, which runs to 9.5 minutes. “Universal Sun”, a children’s song penned by Cormac, is sung by Uché Gabriel Akujobi with Niwell Tsumbu. Vanessa Williams from USA (Desperate Housewives) sings a new arrangement of an Irish hymm with lyrics by Theo Dorgan, entitled, “Land of Open Welcome?”
“Éalú – Foreign Links” features performances by Aoife Doyle, Aongus Ralston, Gavin Ralston, Paul McAteer, Martin Dunlea, Sean Whelan, Vanessa Williams (USA), Eamon Murray, Roger Doyle, Fiachra Trench, Kokia (Japan), Uché Gabriel Akujobi, Niwell Tsumbu, Robbie Harris, Brian Dunning, Seamus Brett, Mike Considine, and La Musgana (Spain).
For bookings for Cormac's performance in the Kevin Barry Room on 20th December, see www.nch.ie.
For more information on Cormac's forthcoming release see www.cormacbreatnach.com