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  • Brendan Power Harmonica
    Feedback Geek Zone About The Music From Riverdance Track List Countess Cathleen Reel Around the Sun Slip Into Spring American Wake Lift the Wings Riverdance Caoineadh Chu Chulainn Firedance Andalucia Riverdance Women of the Sidhe Marta s Dance The Russian Dervish Click a link to listen MP3 ALBUM In 1995 a new dance show called Riverdance broke all records at the Point Theatre in Dublin Along with the flamboyance of Michael Flatly and the massed troupes of Irish dancers the music of composer Bill Whelan instantly captured the public imagination the official album sold like hot cakes and Bill was eventually awarded a Grammy The button accordion player in the original show was Mairtín O Connor a gentle man with a great sense of humour and an outstanding musician who is much loved in his native country He was very interested in the affinity between the small Irish button box and the harmonica and we always swapped a few licks whenever our paths crossed at gigs etc However it still came as a big surprise when he asked me to do the first London run as his stand in Though a harmonica wasn t intended for the part because of the similarity of tone to the box it seemed to fit and eventually when Mairtín left the show for good I got offered his seat I toured with the show for three more years for the last two doing a solo spot on stage as well as the orchestra seat It seemed to me early on that there was scope to do a stripped down recording of the music more in a traditional Irish style without the big keyboards strings and percussion sound of the official album and featuring the harmonica as the lead voice Bill gave his permission and

    Original URL path: http://www.brendan-power.com/Riverdance.php (2016-02-09)
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    The Bulgarian Project 2011 Wriggle Writhe 2011 New Chinese Harmonica 2012 Harp to Harp 2015 Video Teaching Philosophy Tasters Gigs Power Combs Hohner Customer Feedback Geek Zone About Two Trains Running Track List Broke Down Engine Careless Love Ride Mama Ride Queen Bee Two Trains Running Crow Jane The Didgeriblues Bad Luck Dice I ve Got the Blues and Can t Be Satisfied One Way Gal Long Tall Mama Losing Hand Mama Talk to Your Daughter Pearline Click a link to listen CD MP3 British Blues singer guitarist Dave Peabody and I played and toured together in the mid nineties before Riverdance intervened Dave is a real stalwart of the British Blues scene highly regarded for his encyclopedic knowledge of all things Blues as well as his authentic playing and singing styles close your eyes and you d swear he was from the Mississippi not London SW4 He has a parallel career as a music photographer being one of the house photographers for World Music bible Froots magazine and is much in demand for album cover shots and promo photos You can see his work on the cover of New Irish Harmonica Hearing Sonny Terry play blues harp was my

    Original URL path: http://www.brendan-power.com/TwoTrainsRunning.php (2016-02-09)
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    Congress Reel Billy Reprise Click a link to listen MP3 ALBUM Iron Lung is a group featuring three of the most innovative and accomplished harmonica players around today With stylish guitar backing they perform traditional and original music in ways that challenge preconceptions of the instrument and are guaranteed to put a big smile on your face at the same time This is a truly organic group which started with a casual idea and an inspiring first jam at Mick Kinsella s flat in Dublin in September 98 quickly developing into a hastily organised Irish tour The sheer fun of playing together and the delighted audience response from that trip convinced the three harpistes to overcome small problems like the logistics of living in different countries nay continents to record an album and gig occasionally The bulk of the tracks were recorded at Rick s home studio in Ashland Virginia December 1999 and the second session was in Sligo Ireland June 2002 The personnel RICK EPPING USA IRELAND Rick lived and played in Ireland during the 70 s as a founder member of the American Irish band Pumpkinhead Now chief of Hohner USA Accordion and Harmonica division Rick holds patents on harmonica design and is a hugely respected reed doctor He favours custom tuned diatonic harps and is a fine tunesmith Rick plays concertina and harmonica in a rack simultaneously producing a massive reedy sound that has to be heard to be believed MICK KINSELLA IRELAND Equally impressive playing traditional Irish music on the chromatic harmonica or jazz inflected original tunes on the blues harp Mick is a subtle versatile player of great natural talent A former member of The Slightly Bewildered String Band he is a world class practitioner of the new overblowing technique sweeping the blues harp scene

    Original URL path: http://www.brendan-power.com/IronLung.php (2016-02-09)
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    The Bloom of Youth Hakanoa Hideaway Tom s Tune Sweet Bulgarity Farewell to Muswell Hill Monaco Madness Danubska Horo The M1 Reel Lament for the 21st Century Click a link to listen CD MP3 ALBUM TRADISH received some great reviews Read the BBC2 review This is a 15 track CD over an hour long released in 2004 It was recorded over a period of eight years as I toured with the Riverdance show and afterwards The length of time it took means that some tracks have parts recorded from different years and several different countries But I took a lot of care to make sure it all hangs together The aim behind the project was to make an album of traditional folk inspired tunes that were composed from the harmonica itself The harmonica is a young instrument and has a short history in Irish Bulgarian and other folk music So if you want to play convincingly in those styles you end up playing tunes that were composed on the fiddle pipes whistle flute etc That s a very worthwhile and enjoyable exercise in itself and I d already taken steps down that road with my earlier album New Irish Harmonica

    Original URL path: http://www.brendan-power.com/Tradish.php (2016-02-09)
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    Blues Lady Be Good Caravan Recado Bossa Nova Nuages Douce Ambiance Royal Garden Blues Seven Come Eleven China Boy Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams Exhalaration Laura Click a link to listen MP3 ALBUM This is my first jazz album consisting of tunes from the Swing and Hot Club repertoire of the 30s and 40s It was recorded with experienced Australian jazz guitarist Ian Date and some fine musicians from the area around Canterbury England where I live We recorded live in close proximity as in a normal gig situation This is how all the great early jazz sessions were recorded simply because there was no other way given the primitive recording technology of the time but the energy that bursts through the crackle and hiss off those classic tracks is palpable I think physical closeness of musicians during recording leads to much better musical empathy than when they are separated in sound proof booths and that was part of the magic of the old masters I wanted to recapture Ian played tasty acoustic guitar some soulful trumpet and did much of the arranging Percussion cajon and jazz bodhran was played by my friend and regular collaborator Lucy Randall local Kent legends Jarrod Coombes and Ivan Thompson of the wonderful band Hullabaloo played acoustic bass and sax clarinet I think the soulful qualities of the harmonica suit swing jazz well but it is a rare voice in this style of music I taught myself by listening to players of the period who recorded on other instruments My inspiration especially came from pioneering European jazz violinists Stephane Grappelli and Svend Asmussen as well as great US swing stylists such as trumpeter Roy Eldridge and tenor sax genius Lester Young Previously jazz harmonica has been the preserve of players like Toots Thielemans who

    Original URL path: http://www.brendan-power.com/Swingfellas.php (2016-02-09)
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    Rag Back to Back Broadway Swing 42 When I fall in Love Honeysuckle Rose Click a link to listen MP3 ALBUM This is a collaboration album with the respected Nashville diatonic harmonica player PT Gazell We had been aware of each other for a while as we have something unusual in common in the harmonica world we both play half valved harps Half valving means that only half the reeds in a harmonica are valve affected On a standard diatonic harmonica there are no valves and on a chromatic harmonica ALL reeds are valved Half valving gives the best of both worlds the earthy interactive reed bending of the diatonic on the high pitched notes in each hole plus extra valved bending expression on the low pitched notes It gives a unique and powerful new way for harmonica players to achieve chromaticism whilst retaining a pleasing earthy quality to the instrument PT and I also share a passion for swing jazz We met in person at the SPAH Harmonica Festival in Milwaukee in 2007 and had such a blast jamming that we decided to record a swing album together Since we live on opposite sides of the Atlantic that required some creative procedures The basic tracks were recorded in Nashville in January 2008 and in the ensuing months PT and I communicated via Skype and sent tracks back and forth over the internet The final mixing session was done via a Skype link from Nashville to my kitchen in Canterbury UK It was so fast and immediate I felt as if I was in the studio with PT and Dave Sinko our brilliant engineer When it came to doing the artwork and CD duplication we approached the respective manufacturers of the harmonicas we used on the album Suzuki and Seydel

    Original URL path: http://www.brendan-power.com/BackToBack.php (2016-02-09)
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  • Brendan Power Harmonica
    The Music from Riverdance 1996 Two Trains Running 2000 Iron Lung 2002 Tradish 2004 BP the Swingfellas 2006 Back to Back 2008 Lament for the 21st Century 2008 Power White 2009 The Bulgarian Project 2011 Wriggle Writhe 2011 New Chinese Harmonica 2012 Harp to Harp 2015 Video Teaching Philosophy Tasters Gigs Power Combs Hohner Customer Feedback Geek Zone About LAMENT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Track List Kang Ding Love Song Butterfly Lovers Bamboo Under the Moonlight The Moon Reflected in the Pool Purple Bamboo Tune Jasmine Flower Zhejiang Guzheng Guzheng Jasmine Flower Jiangsu Amazing Grace Click a link to listen Purchase music at Candyrat Records This album was recorded live in Milwaukee USA in January 2008 for Candyrat Records Rob Poland the label s founder films his artists as they record using just a single camera That means no overdubs or drop ins each track must be done in a single take After preparing the music and artwork etc he releases the clips for each track on YouTube The raw immediacy of the recording process seems to be striking a chord as he has achieved good sales success based on the proportion of viewers who go on to buy CDs

    Original URL path: http://www.brendan-power.com/Lament.php (2016-02-09)
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    a link to listen Purchase music at Candyrat Records This is an album by Brendan Power Andrew White simultaneously filmed and recorded live for extensive promotion on YouTube by Candyrat Records The duo s powerful blend of passion and virtuosity is brilliantly captured on this album ANDREW WHITE Guitar Vocals and BRENDAN POWER Harmonicas became friends while living in Auckland New Zealand Both moved overseas and have achieved worldwide renown as brilliant solo performers and instrumentalists Whenever their paths crossed they always took the opportunity to perform together as they did at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow Scotland and WOMAD New Zealand in 2009 The enthusiastic audience response to the duo s dynamic stage presence has now encouraged them to team up professionally Their first album together will be released worldwide in June by respected US label Candyrat Records Since Brendan moved to Europe in 1992 he has become known worldwide as an original and innovative voice on the harmonica especially in the Irish Celtic music scene In addition to ground breaking albums such as New Irish Harmonica 1994 he has recorded with artists such as Sting Van Morrison James Galway Shirley Bassey Paul Young Altan Mary Black played on many Hollywood soundtracks such as 2008 Oscar winner Atonement and performed in the Kremlin Brendan is Harmonica Consultant for Suzuki Music Co of Japan Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne Andrew moved to New Zealand when he was 16 and quickly gained a reputation as one of that country s top acoustic guitarists as well as a powerful singer and composer of moving emotive songs His stunning and original guitar technique attracted attention from US label Narada with whom he recorded the Grammy nominated album Islands In 2005 his talent was officially recognised in his adopted home of Canada when

    Original URL path: http://www.brendan-power.com/PowerAndWhite.php (2016-02-09)
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