New Road’s Stone Walls and Street Lights is an absolutely brilliant record, the playing on it is just great and the mish mash and the humor involved. It’s just brilliant stuff. Cerys Matthews (BBC Radio)
A glorious soundscape with wide horizons (Irish Times)
A most wonderful album… it is a cracker. (Mike Harding Folk Show)
…it’s a declaration of love for music as a way of life. (Hot Press)
… Superb (Niall Toner, RTÉ Radio 1)
Above are reviews of New Road’s “Stone Walls and Street Lights”, the internationally critically acclaimed first CD released in 2016, features tunes and songs with New Road’s unique blend of uilleann pipes, fiddle, harmonica, concertina, 5-‐ string banjo, guitar, mandolin, jaw harp and bodhrán Guest artists on the album include bodhrán legend Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh of Arcady and De Dannan, Cathy Jordan of Dervish and The Unwanted, and Sligo guitarist Shane McGowan, who has performed with Sean Keane, Lunasa and Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain.
New Road explore roots that extend across the Atlantic, incorporating Irish traditional, Appalachian old-‐time, blues and beyond, and bringing to the stage a musical experience full of passion and exhilaration, depth and beauty. Their live shows have garnered similar critical acclaim to their recording:
… they pinned back the ears of the audience for more than two hours, at the conclusion leaving them roaring for more. (Fatea Magazine)
There is a deep love in the musicians for the music that makes them want to communicate with listeners, cracking the music open like a watermelon for others to enjoy. (Trad Review)
High octane… virtuoso playing (Celtic Music Radio)
New Road were formed in 2013 on the back of Leonard Barry’s album of the same name, on which they all played. They have since gone on to perform to much critical acclaim in concerts at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, festivals in France, Belgium and Spain and throughout Ireland. Between them they have played with so many of Folk and Roots greats, from legendary Irish accordion player Joe Cooley to modern greats such as Christy Moore, from Doc Watson to Pumpkinhead, Dervish, Tim O’Brien, Frankie Gavin, Luka Bloom, The Unwanted to name but a few, this is a mix of musicians that between them have been to the forefront of folk music for decades. Plans for 2017 include The Shetland Folk Festival, Gooikorts International Folk Festival, The Cairde Arts Festival along with many others including dates in Scandavia, France, Canada and UK.
New Road are:
Leonard Barry (uilleann pipes, whistles) from Kerry and now living in Sligo has been described as a “a master” (Living Tradition). Leonard has released two solo CDs, “Mind the Pipes” (2002) which was named amongst the top recordings of that year in The Irish Times and “New Road” (2013), described as “music as it should be” (fRoots) and “a sweet lyrical gem, 5 stars ” (Sunday Business Post). Named Male Musician of the Year 2015 by The Irish American News, he has toured throughout the world both as a soloist and in other collaborations, recording and performing with leading acts including Luka Bloom, John Spillane, amongst countless others.
Rick Epping (harmonica, concertina, 5-‐string banjo, jaw harp, vocals) is a legend of the folk music scene. From California, Rick is one of the world’s leading harmonica players: “I’ve never heard better” (Doc Watson). An All-‐Ireland harmonica champion and founding member of Pumpkinhead in the 1970s, Rick went on to record with Andy Irvine, Mick Hanley and others, to recording the CD “Jiggin’ the Blues” (2008) with Frankie Gavin and Tim Edey, to playing with Arcady, Sean Keane and The Unwanted, as well as such musical greats as Joe Cooley and Bill Monroe. Rick worked for many years for the Hohner Company developing new harmonica designs and improving production quality.
Andy Morrow (fiddle) from Co. Leitrim is from a family steeped in traditional music and has played the fiddle from the age of eight. In 2005 Andy recorded with Tony O’Connell and Arty McGlynn what is widely regarded as a modern classic in traditional Irish music, receiving rave reviews. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and the USA with various groups, as well as touring Australia as part of the multi-‐award winning play “Trad”. Andy’s playing has been described as “sweet and majestic, bracing style and fine musicianship” (Hot Press).
Seamie O’Dowd (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals) from Co. Sligo is one of the most loved and respected musicians in Ireland today. Also a member of The Unwanted, Seamie has recorded two solo CDs, “Headful of Echoes” (2006) and “Wood and Iron” (2013), which was named amongst the top recordings of that year by Hot Press. Seamie is a former member of Dervish and plays with Máirtin O’Connor and Cathal Hayden, recording “Crossroads” (2008) and “Going Places” (2012). He regularly performs with Christy Moore, and has performed with The Chieftains, Liam O’Flynn and a host of others. His musicianship is quite astounding and it is stated that his music “achieves art” (Earle Hitchner).
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