Wild Winds

by Artisan Row

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Wild Winds is the debut album from London-based traditional/folk quartet Artisan Row, recorded, mixed and mastered by four times Grammy nominated producer and musician, James McMillan.

Advance praise for Wild Winds

“Having delighted in listening to this album by Karen, Pete, Elma and Conor, it brings to focus for me why I love traditional Irish music and have never felt the need to find sustenance outside of that genre. These four musicians present a variety of tune types, moods, and rhythms in their choice of melodies and songs with strength, delicacy, history or harmony as the spirit moves. They are at ease on many instruments and bring me back through many years and many magic music moments to appreciation of a gift freely given by a very generous and big-hearted people.”
Tommy Peoples

“Wild Winds is a beautiful collection of tunes and songs that glimmer with hope, compassion and elegant sophistication. The breadth of musical influences and range of instruments played by the multitalented line-up are seamlessly fused to create an expansive sound that is authentic and fresh, and one that basks comfortably under the umbrella of traditional Irish music. Gorgeous harmonies abound throughout, as in the jig ‘Paul Rodden’s’, where the sparkling, watercolour piano ostinato is interwoven with the striking banjo melody. The juxtaposition produces an effect that is both exotic and familiar, earthy and ethereal. ‘Sleep Now’, a graceful setting of one of James Joyce’s poems from his collection Chamber Music which urges sleep to soothe 'an unquiet heart’, could just as easily be an exquisite lullaby for our times. This is music for the heart and soul.”
Christine Tobin

“This is a multi-faceted recording. A very fine collection of traditional and newly composed tunes and songs from four well-seasoned and adventurous musicians at the top of their game, on which they also pay homage to some of their musical heroes. I wish them every success with this recording.”
Máirtín O'Connor


released April 10, 2017

Artisan Row are:

Conor Doherty – guitars, vocals
Elma McElligott – sax, flute, low whistle, backing vocals
Pete Quinn – piano, keyboard, backing vocals
Karen Ryan – banjo, mandola, fiddle, low whistle

With special guests:
Dave Whitford (bass), tracks 7 and 13
Dave Ohm (drums, percussion), tracks 7 and 13
James McMillan (trumpet), track 7

All tunes and songs traditional, arranged by Artisan Row, with the exception of: Doras de Rían (composed by Elma McElligott and Karen Ryan); Whistler at the Wake (composed by Vincent Broderick); Sleep Now (lyrics: James Joyce, music: Pete Quinn); The March to Kinsale (composed by Tommy Peoples); Dear Heart (lyrics: James Joyce, music: Pete Quinn); Cait agus Áine (composed by Karen Ryan); Mill Hill Turning (composed by Elma McElligott and Karen Ryan); The Dawn Chorus (composed by Elma McElligott); Blackbird Hill (composed by Karen Ryan).

Special thanks to: James McMillan, Dave Whitford, Dave Ohm, Mick Mulvey, Bryan Rooney, Tommy Peoples, Christine Tobin, Máirtín O'Connor, Mary Ryan, Sara Khan and Cédric Lawson.

Recorded at Quietmoney Studios, Hastings, on 2 and 3 July 2016

Engineered, mixed and mastered by James McMillan

Produced by Artisan Row



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Celebrating the timeless melodic beauty of traditional Irish music and more, Artisan Row brings together four well-known figures from London's traditional Irish music scene. First performing together in this combination at the 2012 Ennis Trad Festival, the quartet uses its rich textural palette to set the material in striking and ear-catching ways while always respecting the primacy of the melody. ... more

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Track Name: Song: Sleep Now
Sleep now, O sleep now,
O you unquiet heart!
A voice crying "Sleep now"
Is heard in my heart.

The voice of the winter
Is heard at the door.
O sleep, for the winter
Is crying "Sleep no more."

My kiss will give peace now
And quiet to your heart—
Sleep on in peace now,
O you unquiet heart!
Track Name: Song: Monk McClamont's “Farewell to Articlave”
Monk McClamont's Farewell To Articlave

'Twas in the year of forty and the year of forty too
The time I do remember when I bid my friends adieu
Our noble ship Provincial well fitted for the sea
And commanded by our captain bold bound for America

'Twas on the fourth of April we sailed from Derry Quay
Our vessel being well manned bound for America
Contrary to our wishes our sails did scarcely fill
And by our captain's orders we anchored at Moville

But early the next morning when I on deck did stand
And looking all around me I say my native land
Twould mind you of a desert your eyes with tears would fill
When I looked across sweet Articlave and the castle of Downhill

When I looked by the tower I saw my native strand
Like Moses on Mount Nebo when he viewed the promised land
My mind being bound for rambling as I told you before
I turned my back upon the scene I might behold no more

Farewell unto sweet Articlave where first my breath I drew
Farewell my loyal comrades a long farewell to you
For now I'm on the ocean and all our sails are full
And so swiftly as she does pass by the isle of Innistrahull

The names of our good officers I mean for to relate
Our captain's name was William and Primshaw was our mate
He was as good a captain as e'er a ship did rule
And the other was a seaman brave that came from Liverpool

The second mate's Cabena his station does well fill
Like his father with Sir Hervey in the castle of Downhill
When he was young and tender he bound himself to sea
And he gained that promotion before that he was free

And as for our commander he is so good a man
I am scarce fit to praise him when I do all I can
But that God may be his pilot wherever he may be
And keep him on the chosen path from danger set him free

I beg to be excused I have no more to say
The pilot he has come on board on the eighteenth day of May
One hundred miles to the nearest port he told our captain so
Our orders were: "Prepare yourselves, ye have several roads to go.
Track Name: Song: Dear Heart
Dear heart, why will you use me so?
Dear eyes that gently me upbraid,
Still are you beautiful – but O,
How is your beauty raimented!

Through the clear mirror of your eyes,
Through the soft sigh of kiss to kiss,
Desolate winds assail with cries
The shadowy garden where love is.

And soon shall love dissolved be
When over us the wild winds blow –
But you, dear love, too dear to me,
Alas! why will you use me so?
Track Name: Song: Mary and the Soldier
Come all you lads of high renown
That would hear of a fair young maiden
And she roved out on a summer’s day
For to view the soldiers parading
They marched so bold and they looked so gay
Their colours flying and the bands did play
And it caused young Mary for to say
“I’ll wed you me my gallant soldier”

She viewed the soldiers on parade
And as they stood at their leisure
And Mary to herself did say:
“At last I’ve found my treasure
But oh how cruel my parents must be
To banish my true love away from me
Well I’ll leave them all and I’ll go with thee
My bold undaunted soldier”

“Oh Mary dear, your parents’ love
I pray don’t be unruly
For when you’re in a foreign land,
Believe me you’ll rue it surely
Perhaps in battle I might fall
From a shot from an angry cannonball
And you so far from your daddy’s hall
Be advised by a gallant soldier.”

“Oh I have fifty guineas in bright gold,
Likewise a heart that’s bolder
And I’d leave them all and I’ll go with you
My bold undaunted soldier
So don’t say no but let me go
And I will face the daring foe
And we’ll march together to and fro
And I’ll wed you, my gallant soldier”

And when he saw her loyalty
And Mary so true-hearted
He said: “My darling, married we’ll be
And nothing but death will part us
And when we’re in a foreign land
I’ll guard you, darling, with my right hand
In hopes that God might stand a friend
To Mary and her gallant soldier”