Dublin Castle Gig 3rd November

Come hear Alyth and Triona perform in the glorious setting of the newly refurbished Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle. This concert is the first concert in a series of free Lunchtime concerts being held in the Chapel throughout November. Alyth and Triona will perform a number of tracks from their acclaimed album Red&Gold including the touching and evocative story song ‘One in a Million’ by Chris Wood and Hugh Lupton, which included with the distinctive and rousing sounds of Scottish Mouth Music promises to create a delightful and enjoyable afternoons entertainment

Admission free

Duration 55mins.

The Steeple Sessions

This summer Ályth and Tríona will be playing The Steeple Sessions, Unitarian Church, 112 St Stephen’s Green, DublinPart of Ireland’s ‘The Gathering’.  July 9th 8pm. 

On the road 2013

Alyth & Triona are just back from an extensive touring period with The Chieftains covering North America through Naples, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Omaha, Las Vegas, Washington and finishing this year in Virginia. 27 shows in 37 days. Time to put the feet up for a little while.

Latest Review ‘Red&Gold’ – tradconnect.com

Our album has been reviewed on a great website tradconnect.com. This site has been created to promote the works of existing trad artists and also to encourage new artist connections for the purpose of sessions and creating work. This is what they wrote about Red&Gold.

 

“Scotland’s strong tradition of song moulds itself with the luscious harp playing of Ireland’s Tríona Marshall in a fascinating exploration of all that is good about these traditions.  The voice of Alyth McCormack is a treasure to behold and on Red & Gold it sparkles with its soft Scottish lilt on every track.  Not many of the songs will be familiar to people on this side of the water and so it brings the listener into new territory.  The songs are glorious in their arrangement with harp and violin feeding off each other to great effect.  Accompaniment is never overpowering or distracting, being sensitively handled by Noel Eccles, Jonny Hardie and Cammy Maxwell.  Alyth and Tríona met through their joint work with The Chieftains and so began a musical friendship that has led us to Red & Gold.

They present an eclectic mix of songs that are totally engrossing.  The opening composition by Swarbrick/Thompson titled Crazyman Michael as well as Chicago Rain by a good friend of  Tríona’s are great discoveries.   A cup of coffee in Dublin with Eleanor McEvoy unearthed a gem called The Sea is Huge. Putting the word “huge” in the title of a song must be a near first.  It works not because of its rhyming prowess, but for the pure boldness of using it.  Masterful.  Tríona’s harp playing and Eccles percussion on Mar a tha ( The Way It Is ) break new ground in the way they underscore Alyth’s pure voice.  The Saw Set in itself is worth the album price alone.  A beautiful simple and addictive tune that sets off with a repetitive chant of sorts and evolves into an even more addictive second half.  More traditional songs in English such as One In A Million show that song choice is everything.  It is a song with a detailed story narrative that you don’t hear that often these days.

 

Red & Gold is a great partnership between two artists at the height of their creativity.  It is an album that requests repeated plays as you rumble through that stack of Cd’s.  With Alyth spending more time in Dublin these days we are hopeful that a new recordings will follow shortly.”

Chieftains European Tour 2012

Ályth and Tríona will be performing with The Chieftians on their 50th Anniversary European tour commencing in Dublin on the 29th of May. For tour dates please see relevant tour dates page.

On the road with The Chieftains..

Triona and Alyth will be hitting the road soon in America with The Chieftains. They are joinng them this spring for The Chieftains 50th Anniversary American Tour. In addition to that the girls can also be heard on the Chieftains latest release ‘Voices of Ages’ CD which hits the shops on February 21st 2012. For further infomation please see Tour Dates.

The girls released their own first DUO album in July 2011 and received great reviews. It’s available to buy here on our site and it also available for download and physical copy through CD Baby and we just got a ****star review in The Irish Times.

Alyth McCormack and Triona Marshall

SIOBHÁN LONG

Red Gold ANE Records ****

“Scottish and Irish music cosy up with the familiarity and ease of longtime compadres. For some years now Isle of Lewis singer Alyth McCormack has guested with The Chieftains, where she made the acquaintance of harpist Tríona Marshall. Red Gold is a languorous collection of songs and tunes that draw on each artist’s strength with equal verve. McCormack’s voice, sweet but with sufficient bite to add body to the songs, is partnered by a raft of evocative and agile arrangements from Marshall on harp.

The pair never succumb to the plaintively ethereal, which can dog harp recordings in particular. Noel Eccles’ soft- shoe shuffle percussion and judicious tinctures of fiddle, guitar and double bass add further to an intriguing collection. Highlights are the pair’s cover of Chris Wood’s One in a Million and Marshall’s Red and Gold Reel , tastily paired with The Mason’s Apron . See facebook.com/alythandtriona”


‘RED & GOLD’ UK PRESS RELEASE – click here

 

There was an article on them in April’s edition of Irish Music Magazine and they decribed our album as ‘a delicious musical adventure’. IMM were also at their gig at the Termonfeckin Harp Festival on the 28th June so look out ofr a review from that.

They also performed live and were interviewed by Jenni Murray on Woman’s Hour BBC Radio 4 on July 1st so hopefully more of you got to here them and will let them know what you think.

…and finally they have our first album review from Germany – The Irland Journal.

“These two ladies really know their stuff! Alyth McCormack from Scotland has a truly magical voice, and Irish harpist Triona Marshall very impressively shows what her instrument is capable of. But all this is of course not really surprising. The Irish cult group The Chieftains don’t allow just anyone into their ranks. McCormack has been guest singer on their last tours and Triona Marshall is a permanent member of the group.

Red Gold is a very Celtic album, not only through the choice of songs, but above all because of McCormacks’s vocals: out of her mouth even a heavy metal song would sound Celtic! These artistically first-class and wonderful arrangements are now on CD. It’s very clear that this is a (musical) match made in Heaven – and the great thing is, they share their talent with us! Many thanks for that!”

Markus Dehm, June 2011

 

 

 

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