We’re extremely proud to be releasing Ensemble Ériu‘s stunning second album “Imbas” on Friday 24.06.2016, a joint release with our friends at Raelach Records and the 2nd release on our label, following on from the debut EP by our dear friend, the late Conor Walsh. Here’s everything you need to know about it in one single Facebook post…
:: BACKGROUND ::
“Imbas” – an old Irish word connected with inspiration and creativity – has been 3 years in the making, consisting of 6 tracks arranged by bandleaders Neil and Jack which the band began crafting, performing, and refining immediately after releasing their first album in 2013.
The album and band feature a wide range of instruments performed by some of the finest musicians in the country from a number of diverse musical backgrounds. They are ::
Maitiú O Báiréil [clarinet + bass clarinet], Paddy Groenland [guitar] Matthew Jacobson [drumkit], Maeve O’Hara [marimba], Neil O’Loghlen [double bass + flute], Jeremy Spencer [fiddle], and Jack Talty [concertina]
:: CHEWNS ::
A couple of weeks ago our friend Nialler9 premiered the first track from album – called “The Tempest” – which you can listen to on Soundcloud right here
Today the good folks at GoldenPlec.com Music News have premiering a second track – “The Yellow Wattle” – which you can check out here
This weekend the band and album will be the main focus of Ellen Cranitch’s magical The Purple Vespertine radio show on RTÉ lyric fm, so be sure to tune into that if you’re not at Body&Soul.
Then next week the wonderful Fractured Air blog will be premiering the album in full, in advance of its release on the Friday. Fractured Air also premiered our first release, and we’re very proud to be partnering with them again on this.
UPDATE :: listen to the full album via Fractured Air here.
We’ll also be hosting a small gathering of avid listeners to get a preview of the album on vinyl at a listening event at 5pm on Tuesday 21.06.2016 in our friends HomeBeat‘s Thirty Four cafe [which also happens to host our own HQ]. All welcome! :-]
:: GIGS ::
EÉ will be playing 3 gigs to launch the album, which are…
GALWAY :: Thursday 23.06.2016 :: Crane Bar :: details here
DUBLIN :: Friday 24.06.2016 :: The Sugar Club :: details here
CORK :: Saturday 25.06.2016 :: TDC Corcadorca, Triskel Arts Centre w/Southern Hospitality Board + plugd + Cork Midsummer Festival :: details here
Plus we have plenty more dates planned around the rest of the country and further afield later this year too…
:: THE RECORD ::
The album will be out on Friday 24.06.2016 on digital, CD, and vinyl. Naturally you’ll be able to listen to it on Spotify and all the other streaming behemoths, but if we may say so this album cries out to be heard on vinyl, or at least on CD.
The beautiful concentric circle based artwork was designed by the band’s longtime collaborator Robin Fuller, and just wait till you see the packaging… Trust us, you won’t regret picking up a physical copy. [you can check out a little preview of what the vinyl will look like below]
You’ll be able to do so at any of their gigs and in all good record stores, and you can also order one online via bandcamp at ::
:: ENSEMBLE ÉRIU :: IMBAS ::
That’s about all we have to say for now, except that in our humble opinion IMBAS marks a significant step forward not just for the band, but for Irish traditional music in general. We can’t wait to share it with you.
June 15, 2016