Craigavon-born virtuoso flautist, Eimear McGeown launches her debut album, Inis
Eimear McGeown, one of the world’s most versatile exponents of both the classical and Irish flute, is releasing her first, genre-breaking, solo album, 'Inis', on Inis Records. The recording is supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Eimear has steadily built a reputation as being one of the world’s most versatile exponents of both the classical and Irish flute and her album reflects this interest and ability. The fifteen tracks include a number of new arrangements of well known Irish traditional tunes, as well as a number of McGeown’s own compositions, including the jig for the popular video game Runescape, and The Mushroom Tree, inspired while working at the Clandeboye Festival in Co. Down, and her first composition Inis. From the classical world, there is a version of Satie with a very Eastern European feel. There is even her take on the popular hits The Sound of Silence and Teardrop by Massive Attack!
“This album has been the culmination of a long journey for me with the seeds sown during a musical collaboration with my producer John Tonks ten years ago”, said Eimear from London where she is now based since completing her degree at the Trinity College of Music “As a classical and Irish flautist, it was important to me to bring both influences to life on this album, such is my passion for each. The album reflects the musical journey I have taken between the two worlds and looks to bring them uniquely together.”
“There is a great genre mix here and I genuinely believe there is something for everyone on this album. I have always wanted to break down the barriers of people’s perceptions of music whether it is classical, traditional or pop – it’s all good music!”
In a producer such as John Tonks, Eimear has been able to realise that vision. John has been involved in a wide range of genres, with many varied artists from Massive Attack to Alfie Boe. Although still working in the live arena, his focus is turning more and more to writing and production, with notable collaborations with Neneh Cherry and DJ Herman Cattaneo.
Eimear has recorded with a number of artists most recently on the two Celtic albums recorded by pianist, Barry Douglas, on the Chandos label. She has also played with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms and has worked with Camerata Ireland as a soloist with tours to the US, China and South America and is a regular guest artist at the Clandeboye Festival.
This debut album is a family affair too with contributions from her sister Erin on violin and brother Dáire on banjo. Eimear received an ACES award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to allow her to complete the work needed for the album.
“As a busy, freelance musician I was lucky to get an award that allowed me the time and space to work on my ideas with my producer and hopefully the listener will enjoy our unusual collaboration”, said Eimear McGeown.
Speaking on behalf of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music said:
“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to support Eimear McGeown’s first solo album through National Lottery funding. Eimear received this funding through our ACES programme which aims to enable artists to take that all important next step in their professional careers. Eimear is an international level, award-winning musician and with this album is firmly establishing herself as a contemporary, classical-trad flautist. Congratulations!”
The album is available now on Amazon, iTunes and www.eimearmcgeown.com