Dave Flynn : Irish Minimalism

Compact Disc and 8-page Digipak
Dave Flynn’s new album ‘Irish Minimalism’ released on 17th September 2021.

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“This is a serious and interesting album that does a remarkable job of incorporating Irish musical ideas into string quartet writing.”  (Journal of Music)

“Irish Minimalism from Dave Flynn – with string quartets and added uilleann pipes, Flynn effectively uses drones, lilting lines & twisting melodic catches, with bawdy humour and moving poignancy in Stories from the Old World to finish.” (Classical Notes)

“… they [Mick O’Brien & Breanndan Begley] deserve special mention here in this magazine that is devoted to Irish traditional music for participating so effectively in this musical exploration of Dave Flynn’s” (Irish Music Magazine)

“If you are like me, you welcome the rightness and musicality of the hybrid, and are glad for Dave Flynn’s imaginative music.” (Gapplegate)

“A thoroughly engaging and out of the ordinary listening experience.” (Midwest Record)

“Interesting, striking, and quite engaging.” (Cinemusical)

This is a CD-only release on this website. To stream the album play on Spotify below or visit your favourite streaming service.


Play samples

String Quartet No. 2 “The Cranning”: I. Slip
String Quartet No. 2 “The Cranning”: II. Slide
String Quartet No. 2 “The Cranning”: III. The Bamako Highland
String Quartet No. 2 “The Cranning”: IV. Cran
Quintet No. 1 “The Cutting”: I. Cutting and Rolling
Quintet No. 1 “The Cutting”: II. Churning and Sliding
Quintet No. 1 “The Cutting”: III. Lilting and Reeling
String Quartet No. 3 “The Keening”: I. Murmuring
String Quartet No. 3 “The Keening”: II. Dirge
String Quartet No. 3 “The Keening”: III. Cry
Stories from the Old World: I. The Poet and the Spirit
Stories from the Old World: II. If It Was With a Fart I Won Her
Stories from the Old World: III. The Piper and the Woman of the Tavern
Stories from the Old World: IV. The Old Hags

Credits

  • 5–7 The Cutting (Quintet No. 1 for Uilleann Pipes and String Quartet) Performers: Mick O’Brien (uilleann pipes) and IMO Quartet
  • 8–10 The Keening (String Quartet No. 3) Performers: ConTempo Quartet
  • 11–14 Stories from the Old World Performers: Breanndán Begley (voice), Mick O’Brien (uilleann pipes), IMO Quartet
  • Produced by Judith Sherman
  • Liner Notes by John Schaefer