From Cork with Love
The Máirtín de Cógáin Project From Cork with Love Máirtín de Cógáin, an All---Ireland Storytelling Champion, singer and actor from County Cork has been touring Ireland and America for the past ten years, bringing a wealth of charm and entertainment everywhere he travels. On a new endeavor with The Máirtín de Cógáin Project, he has conjured this album "From Cork with Love", direct from the beautiful city and brought to you with as much attention as only an exile can give. It's a record full to the brim with songs of love, romance, heartache and dreams, with a few stories and mighty tunes thrown in between. This album features "Away Down the Marina", "Johnny Go Boating", both songs telling tales of old---fashioned courtship, and "Holding an Eye", de Cógáin's own beautiful composition about love lost. Máirtín's first love of course is Tea, and not enough to have it mentioned in one story "The Tae man" but a whole extra track explaining to the world "How to make proper tea!" Not many would get away with that but with his irrepressible palaver he pulls it off nonetheless. From the get go the recording brings you straight into the venue, especially with the call and return hilarity in "Timahoe". His vocal range and dexterity of phrase is exemplary throughout, as is the playing of his bodhrán, which shines almost like a drum kit and croons like a double bass at times. Norah Rendell's subtle flute and whistle give great lift to the tunes and her voice is sweet and rich when she walks us down "Coburg St.", while all the while Brian Miller is pulsing the rhythm on bouzouki or striping emotions with his sparkling guitar. Their guest Nathan Gourley rounds out the sound, with fiddle played by a hand much older than his years. In a fast---paced world of wanderlust, The Máirtín de Cógáin Project brings a sweet respite, in this collection of yet to be classics "From Cork with Love." The album was recorded in The Celtic Junction last Springtime with a live audience, Barry's tae and freshly baked brown bread.