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The Sunny Side of the Latch

by Jason O'Rourke

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"Traditional music is all about communication and connectivity. It’s almost as if the tunes don’t exist until we play them with people and for people. The fact that this collection has come out of a period where those inter-personal possibilities had been removed is a testament to Jason O’Rourke’s creativity. In his descriptions of the tunes and their titles you can see Jason conjuring up and re-imagining all those human connections that make Irish traditional music such a vibrant art form. It’s all about people and places. Through these tunes we hear Jason reaching out from his adopted home of Belfast, through every corner of Ireland where there’s a good tune to be had, to places as far-flung as Scotland, Italy, India and Cambodia. We hear the echoes of all the musicians past and present that have helped to form Jason’s musical identity. For me there are three dualities at the heart of Irish traditional music and they are all evident here: it’s a local music that is played and enjoyed all over the globe; at it’s core it’s a solo tradition but it really thrives when played with other people: and it’s an ancient music that is being re-created and re-imagined every day. I’m really looking forward to having a go at learning some of these tunes as I’m sure we’ll be hearing them in sessions for years to come." Niall Vallely
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"Traditional music is all about communication and connectivity. It’s almost as if the tunes don’t exist until we play them with people and for people. The fact that this collection has come out of a period where those inter-personal possibilities had been removed is a testament to Jason O’Rourke’s creativity. In his descriptions of the tunes and their titles you can see Jason conjuring up and re-imagining all those human connections that make Irish traditional music such a vibrant art form. It’s all about people and places. Through these tunes we hear Jason reaching out from his adopted home of Belfast, through every corner of Ireland where there’s a good tune to be had, to places as far-flung as Scotland, Italy, India and Cambodia. We hear the echoes of all the musicians past and present that have helped to form Jason’s musical identity. For me there are three dualities at the heart of Irish traditional music and they are all evident here: it’s a local music that is played and enjoyed all over the globe; at it’s core it’s a solo tradition but it really thrives when played with other people: and it’s an ancient music that is being re-created and re-imagined every day. I’m really looking forward to having a go at learning some of these tunes as I’m sure we’ll be hearing them in sessions for years to come." Niall Vallely
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"Traditional music is all about communication and connectivity. It’s almost as if the tunes don’t exist until we play them with people and for people. The fact that this collection has come out of a period where those inter-personal possibilities had been removed is a testament to Jason O’Rourke’s creativity. In his descriptions of the tunes and their titles you can see Jason conjuring up and re-imagining all those human connections that make Irish traditional music such a vibrant art form. It’s all about people and places. Through these tunes we hear Jason reaching out from his adopted home of Belfast, through every corner of Ireland where there’s a good tune to be had, to places as far-flung as Scotland, Italy, India and Cambodia. We hear the echoes of all the musicians past and present that have helped to form Jason’s musical identity. For me there are three dualities at the heart of Irish traditional music and they are all evident here: it’s a local music that is played and enjoyed all over the globe; at it’s core it’s a solo tradition but it really thrives when played with other people: and it’s an ancient music that is being re-created and re-imagined every day. I’m really looking forward to having a go at learning some of these tunes as I’m sure we’ll be hearing them in sessions for years to come." Niall Vallely
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"Traditional music is all about communication and connectivity. It’s almost as if the tunes don’t exist until we play them with people and for people. The fact that this collection has come out of a period where those inter-personal possibilities had been removed is a testament to Jason O’Rourke’s creativity. In his descriptions of the tunes and their titles you can see Jason conjuring up and re-imagining all those human connections that make Irish traditional music such a vibrant art form. It’s all about people and places. Through these tunes we hear Jason reaching out from his adopted home of Belfast, through every corner of Ireland where there’s a good tune to be had, to places as far-flung as Scotland, Italy, India and Cambodia. We hear the echoes of all the musicians past and present that have helped to form Jason’s musical identity. For me there are three dualities at the heart of Irish traditional music and they are all evident here: it’s a local music that is played and enjoyed all over the globe; at it’s core it’s a solo tradition but it really thrives when played with other people: and it’s an ancient music that is being re-created and re-imagined every day. I’m really looking forward to having a go at learning some of these tunes as I’m sure we’ll be hearing them in sessions for years to come." Niall Vallely
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"Traditional music is all about communication and connectivity. It’s almost as if the tunes don’t exist until we play them with people and for people. The fact that this collection has come out of a period where those inter-personal possibilities had been removed is a testament to Jason O’Rourke’s creativity. In his descriptions of the tunes and their titles you can see Jason conjuring up and re-imagining all those human connections that make Irish traditional music such a vibrant art form. It’s all about people and places. Through these tunes we hear Jason reaching out from his adopted home of Belfast, through every corner of Ireland where there’s a good tune to be had, to places as far-flung as Scotland, Italy, India and Cambodia. We hear the echoes of all the musicians past and present that have helped to form Jason’s musical identity. For me there are three dualities at the heart of Irish traditional music and they are all evident here: it’s a local music that is played and enjoyed all over the globe; at it’s core it’s a solo tradition but it really thrives when played with other people: and it’s an ancient music that is being re-created and re-imagined every day. I’m really looking forward to having a go at learning some of these tunes as I’m sure we’ll be hearing them in sessions for years to come." Niall Vallely
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"Traditional music is all about communication and connectivity. It’s almost as if the tunes don’t exist until we play them with people and for people. The fact that this collection has come out of a period where those inter-personal possibilities had been removed is a testament to Jason O’Rourke’s creativity. In his descriptions of the tunes and their titles you can see Jason conjuring up and re-imagining all those human connections that make Irish traditional music such a vibrant art form. It’s all about people and places. Through these tunes we hear Jason reaching out from his adopted home of Belfast, through every corner of Ireland where there’s a good tune to be had, to places as far-flung as Scotland, Italy, India and Cambodia. We hear the echoes of all the musicians past and present that have helped to form Jason’s musical identity. For me there are three dualities at the heart of Irish traditional music and they are all evident here: it’s a local music that is played and enjoyed all over the globe; at it’s core it’s a solo tradition but it really thrives when played with other people: and it’s an ancient music that is being re-created and re-imagined every day. I’m really looking forward to having a go at learning some of these tunes as I’m sure we’ll be hearing them in sessions for years to come." Niall Vallely
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"Traditional music is all about communication and connectivity. It’s almost as if the tunes don’t exist until we play them with people and for people. The fact that this collection has come out of a period where those inter-personal possibilities had been removed is a testament to Jason O’Rourke’s creativity. In his descriptions of the tunes and their titles you can see Jason conjuring up and re-imagining all those human connections that make Irish traditional music such a vibrant art form. It’s all about people and places. Through these tunes we hear Jason reaching out from his adopted home of Belfast, through every corner of Ireland where there’s a good tune to be had, to places as far-flung as Scotland, Italy, India and Cambodia. We hear the echoes of all the musicians past and present that have helped to form Jason’s musical identity. For me there are three dualities at the heart of Irish traditional music and they are all evident here: it’s a local music that is played and enjoyed all over the globe; at it’s core it’s a solo tradition but it really thrives when played with other people: and it’s an ancient music that is being re-created and re-imagined every day. I’m really looking forward to having a go at learning some of these tunes as I’m sure we’ll be hearing them in sessions for years to come." Niall Vallely
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"Traditional music is all about communication and connectivity. It’s almost as if the tunes don’t exist until we play them with people and for people. The fact that this collection has come out of a period where those inter-personal possibilities had been removed is a testament to Jason O’Rourke’s creativity. In his descriptions of the tunes and their titles you can see Jason conjuring up and re-imagining all those human connections that make Irish traditional music such a vibrant art form. It’s all about people and places. Through these tunes we hear Jason reaching out from his adopted home of Belfast, through every corner of Ireland where there’s a good tune to be had, to places as far-flung as Scotland, Italy, India and Cambodia. We hear the echoes of all the musicians past and present that have helped to form Jason’s musical identity. For me there are three dualities at the heart of Irish traditional music and they are all evident here: it’s a local music that is played and enjoyed all over the globe; at it’s core it’s a solo tradition but it really thrives when played with other people: and it’s an ancient music that is being re-created and re-imagined every day. I’m really looking forward to having a go at learning some of these tunes as I’m sure we’ll be hearing them in sessions for years to come." Niall Vallely
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"Traditional music is all about communication and connectivity. It’s almost as if the tunes don’t exist until we play them with people and for people. The fact that this collection has come out of a period where those inter-personal possibilities had been removed is a testament to Jason O’Rourke’s creativity. In his descriptions of the tunes and their titles you can see Jason conjuring up and re-imagining all those human connections that make Irish traditional music such a vibrant art form. It’s all about people and places. Through these tunes we hear Jason reaching out from his adopted home of Belfast, through every corner of Ireland where there’s a good tune to be had, to places as far-flung as Scotland, Italy, India and Cambodia. We hear the echoes of all the musicians past and present that have helped to form Jason’s musical identity. For me there are three dualities at the heart of Irish traditional music and they are all evident here: it’s a local music that is played and enjoyed all over the globe; at it’s core it’s a solo tradition but it really thrives when played with other people: and it’s an ancient music that is being re-created and re-imagined every day. I’m really looking forward to having a go at learning some of these tunes as I’m sure we’ll be hearing them in sessions for years to come." Niall Vallely
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"Traditional music is all about communication and connectivity. It’s almost as if the tunes don’t exist until we play them with people and for people. The fact that this collection has come out of a period where those inter-personal possibilities had been removed is a testament to Jason O’Rourke’s creativity. In his descriptions of the tunes and their titles you can see Jason conjuring up and re-imagining all those human connections that make Irish traditional music such a vibrant art form. It’s all about people and places. Through these tunes we hear Jason reaching out from his adopted home of Belfast, through every corner of Ireland where there’s a good tune to be had, to places as far-flung as Scotland, Italy, India and Cambodia. We hear the echoes of all the musicians past and present that have helped to form Jason’s musical identity. For me there are three dualities at the heart of Irish traditional music and they are all evident here: it’s a local music that is played and enjoyed all over the globe; at it’s core it’s a solo tradition but it really thrives when played with other people: and it’s an ancient music that is being re-created and re-imagined every day. I’m really looking forward to having a go at learning some of these tunes as I’m sure we’ll be hearing them in sessions for years to come." Niall Vallely

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"Traditional music is all about communication and connectivity. It’s almost as if the tunes don’t exist until we play them with people and for people. The fact that this collection has come out of a period where those inter-personal possibilities had been removed is a testament to Jason O’Rourke’s creativity. In his descriptions of the tunes and their titles you can see Jason conjuring up and re-imagining all those human connections that make Irish traditional music such a vibrant art form. It’s all about people and places. Through these tunes we hear Jason reaching out from his adopted home of Belfast, through every corner of Ireland where there’s a good tune to be had, to places as far-flung as Scotland, Italy, India and Cambodia. We hear the echoes of all the musicians past and present that have helped to form Jason’s musical identity.

For me there are three dualities at the heart of Irish traditional music and they are all evident here: it’s a local music that is played and enjoyed all over the globe; at it’s core it’s a solo tradition but it really thrives when played with other people: and it’s an ancient music that is being re-created and re-imagined every day.
I’m really looking forward to having a go at learning some of these tunes as I’m sure we’ll be hearing them in sessions for years to come."

Niall Vallely

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released September 17, 2022

Guest Musicians:
Steve Cooney: Guitars, Gambale
Deirdre Galway: Guitars
Tony McManus: Guitar, Bouzouki
Dermot Mulholland: Double Bass
Miadhachlughain O’Donnell: Shruti Box
Caterina Sangineto: Harp
Jacopo Ventura: Guitar
Luke Ward: Bouzouki, Electric Bass.

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Jason O'Rourke Belfast, UK

"Jason O’Rourke’s music has matured down the years into a fully cohesive and finely-tuned style; each note executed with pin- pricked precision. He stands on his own merits among concertina players in Ireland and elsewhere, and his music finds full maturity on this outstanding set."
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