CD marks 20 years for 2 Paddys
To celebrate their 20th anniversary of working together, The 2 Paddys are preparing to launch a new CD.
Paddy Kelly of Maxville and Pat Maher of Wakefield have long been entertaining audiences with their unique blend of Celtic and traditional music. But although they perform fairly regularly, they are not very prolific in the recording studio. Indeed, as Mr. Kelly tells it, their last album was 10 years ago.
“We’d been talking about a new album for a while,” says Mr. Kelly, 60. “Pat realized we’d been together 20 years and thought it would be nice to do an anniversary album.”
And so, last fall, the pair got together at Stove Studio in Chelsea and put together a new 10- track album. On it, Mr. Kelly plays the guitar, tin whistle, fiddle, tenor banjo, and bodhran while Mr. Maher plays bass, guitar, Irish bouzouki, and double- bass. The pair will launch their CD,
20 Years, at the Alexandria Curling Club on Sunday, March 3, from 2- 5 p. m.
Mr. Kelly is a two- time inductee of the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame, once as an individual and another as a member of the Brigadoons.
For his part, Mr. Maher says that he and Mr. Kelly have had a number of adventures since they started playing together two decades ago. Though they’re a mainstay at the Highland Games, he says one of his most memorable gigs was performing at a curling bonspiel for Holstein farmers in Eastern Ontario.
“It was one of our first gigs,” he says.
New ten-track album is duo’s first release in a decade
NEW CD: The 2 Paddys, a mainstay at several public events including the Highland Games, will launch a CD that celebrates the duo’s 20th anniversary.