The Irish Consort, dir. Siobhán Armstrong — debut CDReturn to Vendors
A pioneering recording of the music of Gaelic Ireland juxtaposed with that of the invading Tudor English. Medieval Irish plainchant; vocal and instrumental music of King Henry VIII, Cooper, Cornysh, Holborne, Byrd, Dowland, Scott, MacDermott, Ó Catháin and that of oral tradition, more than one third of which is reconstructed and recorded here for the first time.
Performed by thirteen of Ireland and Europe's best traditional and historical musicians on Irish harp, European harp, Renaissance lute, treble and bass viols, recorders and voices, including Grammy award nominee, John Elwes. Listen for FREE here: www.siobhanarmstrong.bandcamp.com
'This recording…offers a nuanced view of a century not much celebrated in Irish musical life…There’s not a weak link in the performing line-up…The nail-plucked, metal-strung Irish harp displays, in the hands of a player such as Armstrong, all the ethereal magic that made it so celebrated in its heyday…this album is not to be missed.' 5/5 The Irish Times, 4 June 2021