Now Playing-- "The Red Branch" © Pipes & track by Kevin McAlea
Kevin McAlea Keyboards, uilleann pipes, Irish bouzouki
Kevin McAlea has toured / recorded with Kate Bush, Kirsty MacColl, Clannad , Seal , Roy Harper , Pino Danielle , Enya , Polystyrene, Richard O'Brien , Dr Feelgood, Bees Make Honey, Barbara Dixon , Barclay James Harvest , Kim Wilde and others. He has written music for film, TV and songs for Pearson education. He wrote the lyrics for Nena's 99 Red Balloons . He recorded the Celtic Orbis sessions and plays Keyboards , Uilleann Pipes , whistles, guitars and Irish bouzouki. He played keyboards on the first Kate Bush tour in 1979 and again in 2014 for the "Before the Dawn" series of concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. in 2015 he toured with David Gilmour in Europe, Brazil, Argentina and Chile and 5 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. 2016 includes New York concerts in Madison Square Garden and Radio City. In LA ,The Hollywood Bowl and the Forum plus Chicago and Toronto. Then five concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in September 2016.
Ashley Reed , Fiddle
Ashley Reed studied violin from an early age . Attending master classes by amongst others , Yehudi Menuhin . He has toured and recorded with the Albion Band and his own group the Savage Rabbits , and has played with the likes of the Fairport's Dave Swarbrick . There are some fine examples of Ashley's playing on Sarsfeld's Flight to Dublin,White Horse of the Peppers, Chicago Cèilidh , the Bull of conflict , the Pursuit of Diarmaid and Grainne , Farewell to Alba and Carolan's Stile .
Ed Deane Guitars
Dublin born guitarist Ed Deane played the superb slide and acoustic and electric guitars on the music track for the movies Stormy Monday and Leaving Las Vegas directed by Mike Figgis. He has toured and recorded with Nick Lowe , Dana Gillespie and Frankie Miller. His first recording was with Terry Woods ( Sweeney's men, Steeleye Span, The Pogues). The album was one of the earliest attempts by an Irish band to play Irish music using a combination of electric guitars , drums etc with traditional instruments. He has also recorded with Shane Mac Gowan and the Popes and recently on Chris Jagger's new Album(Channel Fever). Ed's background is blues and he also plays classical guitar. The infusion of these with Irish Traditional techniques give a unique feel to his playing.
Recording by Kevin McAlea ...... on 16 track Fostex G16 Tape Machine