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MacAoidh

MacAoidh

MacAoidh


A multi-instrumentalist Songwriter using blues, rock, folk and celtic/Gaelic influences, MacAoidh is very hard to pin down to a genre or indeed compartmentalise. MacAoidh has been creating and playing music for a long while, but "Direach Mi Fhìn" ( Just Myself ) is his debut album. On this album all material is writen and played eintirely by MacAoidh ( except for "Katz Rag" written by Stefan Grossman), hence the albums title. The music can be variously produced Read more on Last.fm
A multi-instrumentalist Songwriter using blues, rock, folk and celtic/Gaelic influences, MacAoidh is very hard to pin down to a genre or indeed compartmentalise. MacAoidh has been creating and playing music for a long while, but "Direach Mi Fhìn" ( Just Myself ) is his debut album. On this album all material is writen and played eintirely by MacAoidh ( except for "Katz Rag" written by Stefan Grossman), hence the albums title. The music can be variously produced, either very "earthly" or "folky", with just a single accoustic guitar miked and the studio floor boards creaking as heard on "Coiseachd Fhathast" ( Still Walkin' ) to a slicker rock production value as heard on "Here Now". Throughout the album MacAoidh's wry, thoughtful and occasionally melancoly view on life shines through. "Here Now" - Track one on "Direach Mi Fhìn" is a melodic piece. "It's all about realising that we don't have our loved ones forever, and we should relish the time we spend with them." according to MacAoidh himself.

"I was reflecting on just how quickly my son was growing up. How often do you hear that -'oh they grow up so quickly' - and once you have a child yourself, you appreciate just how true that adage is! Hopefully it is both cheerful and melancholy, although it made my wife cry the first time she heard it." "Katz Rag/Ailig's Rag" - Track Two - Two ragtime Guitar pieces. The first "Katz Rag" is written by Stefan Grossman, the New York based guitarist. The second "Ailig's Rag" is a MacAoidh composition.

MacAoidh again - "I have been agreat fan of Stefan Grossman and his work got me into the ragtime guitar in the first place. I have been plating 'Katz Rag' for many years and it is a fine guitar tune. When I wrote 'Ailig's Rag' I was playing one day and I just happened to play 'Ailig's Rag' straight after 'Katz Rag' and realised the end of 'Katz Rag' made a perfect start for 'Ailig Rag'. Happy accident really". "What Did I Do Wrong?" - Track Three - A rock tune.

"Over the years I have found myself coming out with these phrases when having the odd disagreement with various folk, so I decided to put myside of the argument into this song. I bet anyone who listens to it will remember saying some of these things at some point to a friend or girl/boyfriend". "Coiseachd Fhathast" - Track four - means "Walking Still" and is an elaboration on "Key to the Higway" by Sonny Terry and Brownie Magee. "Key to the Highway my favourite country blues tune ever, and I could not help but elaborate on this. I loved the live recording of the blues, especially the older recordings that sound as if they have been recorded on a porce or a front room in the bluesmans house.

I tried to re-create that feel by recording this in a funny wee shaped room in an old house. But that element of roughness suits the tune I think." You can now fins out lots more about MacAoidh and his band "The Real MacAoidhs" via the web, www.ceolmacaoidh.com and via twitter @ceolmacaoidh Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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