Andrew Finn Magill

Roots

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June 24th, 2016

​It is truly wonderful to hear Finn so well landed in the heart of the tradition on this beautiful recording. He is an excellent fiddle player who has mastered the finest details of Irish fiddle music. This is a fully authentic representation of the tradition that could as easily have come from Co. Clare or Sligo except that it’s all the way from Asheville North Carolina. This bodes well for the future of Irish music.
-Martin Hayes


Virtuoso.
-New York Irish Arts
​Finn Magill's new album shows a great depth and understanding of traditional Irish music. He has made a timeless album of Irish fiddle music that will keep giving joy in years to come.
-Mairéad Ní Mhoanaigh (Altan)
Very few albums these days command my attention for more than a track or two but this exciting and riveting release from Andrew Finn Magill had me under its spell from the first tune to the last.
 -Kevin Crawford (Lúnasa)
Magill takes the jigs, reels and hornpipes at nice brisk tempi, never sacrificing precision (truly gorgeous rolls!) and perfect intonation. If you like fiddle music, don’t pass this up. Add it to your iPod favourites right now!
-Irish Music Magazine

Nicely done. Reminded me of Kevin Burke
-Mike Alzo, The Folk Show WSLU
A lovely album of “pure drop” Irish music that leaves listeners with a strong impression of a fantastic young musician’s abilities.  The arrangements are strong, the tune selection exemplary, and the guest musicians spectacular – definitely one to check out.
-Daniel Neely (The Irish Echo)
What an exciting recording it is and well worth adding to your music library!  You will be delighted.
-Diane Byrnes Echoes of Erin WEDO
I really enjoy Roots. I take it with me when I ride the bike. I listen to it when I am stressed and I want to keep focused. But most of all I just listen to it for its musical richness. And it should be part of your growing collection.
-Baxter Labatos, The Celtic Music Fan

Branches

...Coming this October 24th, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 Press Release - May 25th, 2016
      
Andrew Finn Magill grew up immersed in music, spending every summer at the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops learning fiddle from some of the finest folk musicians in the world. By age 16, he was a two- time finalist at the All-Ireland Championships and he is equally proficient in several American folk idioms such as old-time and bluegrass. He has toured France with the popular Celtic music & dance revue, Celtic Dances, under the musical direction of Liz Knowles & Kieran O’Hare, and produced a Fulbright-MtvU- funded concept album, Mau a Malawi , about those affected by AIDS with Malawian Afro-vibes artist Peter Mawanga . He currently resides in in Rio de Janeiro, where he is a sought-after violinist in Brazilian styles and leads O Finno , his own quartet of choro musicians.

Roots is the first disc in a concept album series which charts Magill’s musical progression in Irish music, featuring the tunes and players that defined his earliest years playing the fiddle: John Doyle, Cillian Vallely (Lúnasa), Sean Earnest (The Yanks), Duncan Wickel and Vincent Fogarty (The Red Wellies). Recorded in three studios on two continents, the music is ‘pure drop’ Irish with sparse instrumentation and innovative arrangements.

From the lively set of reels that opens the album, the listener is treated to brilliant and respectful renditions of much-loved jigs, hornpipes & reels, as well as some rarely-heard gems such as a beautiful setting of the set dance, “The Blackbird” the slow air, “Roisin Dubh,” and Carolan’s “Maurice O’Connor’s Third Air.” The album ends with a rolling, powerhouse set of reels sure to get any Irish music fan’s blood pumping.

In fall 2016, Magill will release Branches, the sequel to Roots, which integrates Finn’s traditional Irish musical foundations with his many other influences in ten original compositions.

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The Musicians - Roots
  1. John Doyle
Guitar, Mandola, 5-string tenor guitar,12-string guitar, bouzouki
    John Doyle Guitar, Mandola, 5-string tenor guitar,12-string guitar, bouzouki
    Ex-Solas guitarist John Doyle is one of the most influential Irish guitarists alive today. Over the years he has toured and played with Tim O'Brien, Joan Baez and the Trans-Atlantic Sessions. He tours with a never-endless configurations of the best musicians in acoustic Irish and American music.
  2. Duncan Wickel
Fiddle
    Duncan Wickel Fiddle
    Duncan Wickel has a degree in Jazz violin from Berklee School of Music and apart from jazz, is equally sought after for his mastery of Irish, old-time, and bluegrass. His band "The Rondo Rigs" is to release their debut album in 2016.
  3. Sean Earnest
DADGAD Guitar
    Sean Earnest DADGAD Guitar
    Guitar player for The Yanks, in recent years Sean Earnest has played with many traditional top tier acts in Scottish and Irish music including: Téada, The Paul McKenna Band, the McPeake family, Cathie Ryan, and the popular show, Women of Ireland.
  4. Cillian Vallely
Uillean Pipes
    Cillian Vallely Uillean Pipes
    Cillian Vallely is the uilleann pipes and low whistle player with the renowned Irish band Lunasa, described as “The hottest Celtic band on the planet” (Irish Voice). In recent years, he has played and recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Tim O’Brien, and Riverdance in addition to recording as a guest on over 60 albums. With Lunasa, he has played at The Hollywood Bowl, Glastonbury Festival, Womad Aledaide, Edmonton Folk Festival in addition to multiple tours of Asia, Australia, US and Europe
  5. Vincent Fogarty
10 string Bouzouki
    Vincent Fogarty 10 string Bouzouki
    Vincent Fogarty from Tipperary has called Asheville home for more than 15 years. His Irish trad band The Red Wellies released their debut album to much critical acclaim and he has toured through the Southeast.
  6. Andrew Finn Magill
Fiddle, arrangements
    Andrew Finn Magill Fiddle, arrangements
    Andrew Finn Magill is a fiddler/violinist who straddles genres. By 14, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland Fiddle Championships. In 2011 he produced a Fulbright-MtvU funded concept album about AIDS with Afro-vibes artist from Malawi Peter Mawanga. He currently leads his own quartet of Brazilian choro, O Finno in Rio de Janeiro. In 2016 he is releasing two albums "Roots" and "Branches" as part of an extended concept album.
The Musicians - BRANCHES
  1. David Brown
Baritone Guitar
    David Brown Baritone Guitar
    Asheville native David Brown cites his two main influences as David Greer and John Doyle. David tours heavily with wildly successful Rising Appalachia throughout the world and is a pioneer in a growing movement of green touring.
  2. Duncan Wickel
5-string fiddle & cello
    Duncan Wickel 5-string fiddle & cello
    Duncan Wickel has a degree in Jazz violin from Berklee School of Music and apart from jazz, is equally sought after for his mastery of Irish, old-time, and bluegrass. His band The Rondo Rigs is to release their debut album in 2016.
  3. Colin Farrell
Fiddle
    Colin Farrell Fiddle
    Colin Farrell, who currently plays fiddle in Irish supergroup, Lúnasa, has played and recorded with Flook, Grada, E2K, Karan Casey, and Julie Fowlis. He is a multi All-Ireland winner on fiddle and whistle.
  4. Séan Gray
 Guitar
    Séan Gray Guitar
    Séan moonlights as the flute and whistle player for premiere Scottish band The Paul McKenna Band. The band has toured North America, Australia, and Europe, and at home in Glasgow Séan is one of the most in-demand guitar players on the scene.
  5. Paul McKenna
Guitar
    Paul McKenna Guitar
    Award-winning Glasgow singer Paul McKenna has one of the best voices in Scotland. He is also a virtuosic guitarist and has played with many legends. His award winning group,"The Paul McKenna Band" released their fourth album "Paths that Wind" in 2016.
  6. Grant Gordy
Guitar
    Grant Gordy Guitar
    Grant Gordy held the guitar chair in the legendary David Grisman Quintet for six years, He's worked alongside such musical luminaries such as Darol Anger, Edgar Meyer and Steve Martin. Grant's music has been heard on NPR's Morning Edition, and he's performed all over the world, from Carnegie Hall to Bonnaroo.
  7. Dan Iannucci
Acoustic & Electric Bass
    Dan Iannucci Acoustic & Electric Bass
    With a degree in jazz and a pupil of Paul Winter's Grammy-winning bassist Eliot Wadopian, Daniel is a pillar of the Asheville music scene. Equally skilled in classical music, he plays with the Brevard Symphony and other classical music ensembles.
  8. Micah Thomas
Drums
    Micah Thomas Drums
    Micah Thomas is one of the best jazz drummers in Asheville, NC. With Dan Iannucci he forms the rhythm section for The Jason Cristofaro Trio featuring vibraphonist Cristofaro.
  9. Andrew Finn Magill
Fiddle,mandolin,whistles, compositions
    Andrew Finn Magill Fiddle,mandolin,whistles, compositions
    Andrew Finn Magill is a fiddler/violinist who straddles genres. By 14, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland fiddle championships. In 2011 he produced a Fulbright-MtvU funded concept album about AIDS with Afro-vibes artist from Malawi Peter Mawanga. He currently leads his own quartet of Brazilian choro, The Andrew Finn Quartet in Rio de Janeiro. In 2016 he is releasing two albums "Roots" and "Branches" as part of an extended concept album.
Tech team
  1. Chris Rosser
Recording Engineer
    Chris Rosser Recording Engineer
    Award-winning songwriter Chris Rosser has 20+ years of audio-engineering experience. His Hollow Reed Studios was a delight to record in.
  2. Danny Littwin
Mixing Engineer
    Danny Littwin Mixing Engineer
    Danny Littwin has 40+ years of audio-engineering experience and has recorded and mixed everyone from Frankie Gavin to Bruce Springsteen.
  3. Gene Paul 
Mastering Engineer
    Gene Paul Mastering Engineer
    Gene Paul is a Grammy-winning mastering engineer based in New Jersey. He has an award-winning staff and worked with artists from Dr. John to Norah Jones.
Track Listing

ROOTS​
June 24th, 2016

1. Miss McDonald's / The Siesta 
 The classic reel Miss McDonald's followed by a great tune by Dervish fiddler Tom Morrow featured on Dervish's recording Midsummer's Night.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Sean Earnest - DADGAD guitar

2. Don't Touch that Green Linnet / Dancing Eyes / The Humors of Cavan 
The first jig is composed by one of my all-time favorite fiddle players and fiddle heroes Tommy Peoples. "Dancing Eyes" is a Sean Ryan tune I found in the Traditional Music Archive. "The Humors of Cavan" is a great old jig I uncovered in O'Neill's Book of Irish Music.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
John Doyle - 6-string guitar, mandolin, 12-string guitar

3. The Blackbird / Corney is Coming 
This very old setting of the classic set dance The Blackbird can be found in O'Neill's Music of Ireland: 1,850 Melodies. "Corney is Coming" I got from the playing of excellent piper Tommy Reck and in the spirit of piping I feature one of my favorite pipers here, Cillian Vallely.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Vincent Fogarty - 10-string bouzouki
Cillian Vallely- uilleann pipes

4. Maurice O'Connor Third Air
I literally played through the complete collection of O'Carolan compositions before stumbling across this gem and was shocked to find it has virtually gone un-recorded for so many years. John Doyle joins me on this with his custom-made Kevin Muiderman five-string tenor guitar.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
John Doyle - guitar, 5 string tenor guitar

5. Only for Barney / Kissing and Drinking
The first tune is from Josephine Keegan of Co. Down and I learned it from Boston fiddler Brendan Bulger. The second tune I got from the playing of the great piper Peter Browne.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Vincent Fogarty - 10-string bouzouki

6. Tom of the Red Hills / Tom Ward's Downfall / The Western Lasses
This haunting first tune by Ed Reavy is in one of my favorite keys, G minor. Tom Ward's Downfall I first heard Vinnie Kilduff play on a Gerry O'Connor album and The Western Lasses I am convinced is actually an older three-part version of the classic four-parter The Graf Spee.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Sean Earnest - DADGAD guitar

7. The Castle Hornpipe / Fountain's Hornpipe

It took ages to track down the origin of this first hornpipe which I came across via Leitrim fiddler Shane Meehan on an unnamed recording with Maryin Wynne. Uilleann piper Kieran O'Hare came to the rescue however: The hornpipe is actually played as a reel in Cape Breton and popularized by the legendary Cape Breton fiddle player Winston Fitzgerald. Fountain's Hornpipe is yet one more taken from the marvelous repertoire of Peter Browne.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Vincent Fogarty - 10-string bouzouki
Cillian Vallely- uilleann pipes

8. The Green Fields of America / Tommy Coen's 

These are two classic session reels that were definitely played quite a bit in my teenage days in Asheville. 

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Vincent Fogarty - 10-string bouzouki

9. Roisin Dubh
This classic air which means 'little black rose' in Irish, I got from the singing of Paddy Tunney. There are many versions of this tune but I have always loved the singing of Paddy Tunney from the moment I first heard him in a small pub in Listowel, Co. Kerry in 2001. I wanted to pay a tribute to his wonderful singing on this one.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle

10. The Green Fields of Glentown / The Old Dudeen / McFadden's Handsome Daughter
The first reel is another from Tommy People's. "The Old Dudeen" I first heard on the Danú album Think Before You Think! which was an incredibly influential recording for me. McFadden's Handsome Daughter was a reel given to me by New York fiddler Brian Conway as he was coaching me on which reels to play in the All-Ireland Championships.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle (right channel)
Duncan Wickel - fiddle (left channel)
John Doyle - bouzouki

Track Listing

Branches
Fall 2016


1. Horizons
This tune was inspired on my nightly runs I used to take around sunset during a brief stint playing at DisneyWorld. The Floridian sunsets truly were amazing and the flat terrain made it so that one could see the horizon in every direction.


Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
David Brown- baritone guitar

2. Farewell to Vass / Hello Picadilly

The first tune was written for fiddler Mike Vass after his farewell tear with the lads one night. Hello Picadilly was a welcome tune I wrote for the street, Picadilly Circle, where I lived for a short while.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Colin Farrell - fiddle
Séan Gray- guitar

3. Hilda Harlow
I wrote this tune in Malawi, Africa when I lived there in 2010. For years it didn't have a title and when my grandmother Hilda died it seemed only fitting to name it after her due to the person she was and the feelings this tune conjures up for me.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddles
Duncan Wickel - cello

4. A Beautiful Ending
This tune is written for the gratitude that accompanies the ending of something beautiful (a relationship, film, career, etc). Often we don't want it to end but it must and this is an opportunity to reflect on its legacy rather than dwell on its absence.


Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Paul McKenna - guitar

5. Mary & Alice/Dreams of a City
During my stint at DisneyWorld I shared a trailer with Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland. They wore costumes. I did not. "Dreams of a City" was written after a vivid dream I had of New York City, the city I called home for two years before moving to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Séan Gray- guitar
Micah Thomas- drums

6. Coming Home

I wrote this tune a few days before I returned to Asheville, North Carolina, the city where I was born and raised. It was a Christmas homecoming and was the first time that my entire family had come together under one roof in over a year.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle, mandolin, low whistles
David Brown- baritone guitar

7. What Bloomed in April / The Spud King / This Will Be
I wrote this first tune thinking about the girl I met in April 2014 who went on to become the most important person in my life - Cris. "The Spud King" was written in 2008 for Donegal fiddler Danny Meehan who upon meeting, proudly proclaimed that he grew "the biggest spuds in Ireland." He showed me his garden and by Jove, the man is not lying. "This Will be" is a tune inspired by that anxious feeling that is simulteanously exhilerating because you know something is going to turn out really good.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Paul McKenna - guitar
Duncan Wickel - cello

8. Relapse
"Relapse" was written at the height of my Brazilian musical saturation on a sweltering night in Rio. It started as a Brazilian tune and ended up as a new acoustic/jazzy number thanks to some handy guitar work by Grant Gordy. 

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Grant Gordy - guitar

9. December
I wrote "December" right after I moved back to the States in 2010 from Malawi, Africa. The whole tune just jumped out in about 5 minutes. It was written with a lot of funk intention and an excuse to riff with one of my longest-standing friends, Duncan Wickel.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle (right channel)
Duncan Wickel - 5-string fiddle (left channel)
Dan Iannucci- acoustic bass
Micah Thomas- drums

10. Shooting Stars
The inspiration for this piece came from staring at a night sky and imagining shooting stars lighting it up one by one. As the music progresses, it is meant to convey the growing excitement of seeing this phenomenon.

Andrew Finn Magill - fiddle
Dan Iannucci- electric bass

     

     
Thank You's


The Musicians & Engineers 

John Doyle, Sean Earnest, Paul McKenna, Séan Gray, Cillian Vallely, Colin Farrell, Duncan Wickel, Vincent Fogarty, David Brown, Dan Iannucci, Micah Thomas, Grant Gordy, Chris Rosser, Danny Littwin, Joel Kerr

The Kickstarter Backers  

David Hamilton, James Cleveland, Chloe Weatherill, William Garneau, Jan Luquire, Sahid Limon, Oísin Mac Diarmada, Holly Martin, Jenna Muiderman, Kay Naito, Cillian King, Lizzy Ross, Samuel Le Henanff, Andy Lever, Doug Plummer, Seth Barden, Liz Calkins, Margaret Santhanam, Daniel Littwin, Jane Rambo DeHart, Katy Luquire, Hannah Harris, Jeff Engel, Terry England, Seth Congdon, Dot Houlditch, Jim Corcoran, Lee Marsh, Jake Meserve Blount, Lynner, Maribeth Oakes, Celia Ramsay, Aaron Salmon, Yuri Broze, Cheri Britton, Melanie Stevens, Lydia Sturgis, Mara Levine, Mavis G, Tom Delany, David LaMotte, Frank Sun, Peggy Bentley, Eric Butter, Keith Berland, Kurt Asplundh, Small Town Therapy, Karl Kersey, Roxanna Whittington, Connor Magill, Benjamin Cobb, Everett Zdrill, Brian Conway, Shayna Quilty, Eliza Rosebrock, Lindsey Morgan, Mark Treiber, David Garcia, Deborah Kinney-Soltis, Becky Luquire, Laura Risk, Anne Kinney-Eittinger, Rae Geoffrey, Rhythm Future Quartet, Darryl Purpose, Roger Horowitz, Chris Hawke, Michael Schmitt, Larry McCloskey, Raquel Zampil, Michelle Purvis, Habib Yazdi, Donna Richardson, Carol Stein, Kate Hanley, Rafael Affonso, Michael Rennie, Matthew Millering, Danny Ellis, Patrick Mangan, Daniel, Doug Orr, Serina Patterson, Manon Manavit, Paul Heumiller, Krista MacPherson, Beanie O'dell, Mignucci, Joshua Smith, Dinah Mellin, Andrew Brown, Tom Stuart, Jason Furman, Brian O'Donovan, Rachel Lambertson, David Jones, Patrick McDougall, Gary Bowden, Joey Marra, Brian Conaty, Daniel Elwell, Mary Sawyer, Jane McAlister Pope, Cristiane Santos, Philip Fryberger, Michael Dugger, Tim Smith, Marie Clemence, Jeff Willner, Beth Magill, Steve Hoffman, Connie Carringer, Barbara Kehler, Jack Barry, Ron Pen, Monji Dolon, Scott M. Manson, Sean Edsall, Janis Bryant, Kathryn Temple


Friends and family

Mom, Dad, Connor, Hannah, and my wonderful muse and partner Cristiane. 
Também queria agradecer a minha família brasileira: Gegê, Jayme, Andreia, Alê, e Sheila.

MY musician friends who inspired, contributed and facilitated all this

John Daly, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, Brian Conway, Mairéad Ní Mhoanaigh, Brendan Bulger, Tommy Peoples, James Kelly, Patrick Mangan, Bill Gerhardt, Kieran O'Hare, Liz Knowles, Beanie O'Dell, John Doyle & Cathy Peterson, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Hannah Seng, The Paul McKenna Band, Anna Colliton, The Western North Carolina Folk Arts Center, Jennifer Pickering, Leah & Chloe Smith, Jason Anick, Jeremy Kittel, The Seven Deadly Venoms, Eliot Wadopian, Luís Barcelos, Pedro Paes, Shane Meehan,