From Prince Ed­ward Is­land to the banks of the Boyne


Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By HU­BERT MUR­PHY

A YOUNG Drogheda mu­si­cian will mark an­other mile­stone in her re­mark­able life next Fri­day when she plays at the Coca- Cola Dome with her group, ‘Inn Echo’.

But Gorm­laith Maynes is no or­di­nary girl and Inn Echo are no or­di­nary act.

The story be­gins late last Au­gust when Gorm­laith was of­fered a teach­ing post at the Univer­sity of Prince Ed­ward Is­land in Canada and went on to teach a mod­ule in the Ir­ish lan­guage over the course of the past col­lege year.

But not only did she get a taste of pass­ing on her own lan­guage, she got to in­spire and ex­plore more of her tra­di­tional Ir­ish mu­sic roots.

A su­perb con­certina player, she met three Cana­di­ans and so was born ‘Inn Echo.’

‘We have re­cently re­leased our de­but al­bum and per­formed across East­ern Canada, and now I’m thrilled to bring them to my home­town and to per­form at the big­gest an­nual cul­tural event,’ she states.

The al­bum ‘Inn Echo’ is a stun­ning com­bi­na­tion of the craft of each per­former and fea­tures the haunt­ing ‘Hibbs in the Big City’. It’s a mu­sic for those that ap­pre­ci­ate the art of true, tight play­ing.

Though her main in­stru­ment with Inn Echo is the con­certina, Gorm­laith is a well re­garded multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist. Play­ing tin whis­tle since the age of 6, and then tak­ing on more in­stru­ments like the con­certina, fid­dle, gui­tar, and harp as the years went on, she has made a name for her­self and has won sev­eral county and provin­cial Flead­hanna over the years.

Since earn­ing her Mas­ters De­gree in Tra­di­tional Ir­ish Mu­sic Per­for­mance from the Univer­sity of Lim­er­ick, she moved to Prince Ed­ward Is­land as an Ir­ish Gaelic lan­guage teacher and as a fac­ulty mem­ber for the School of Per­form­ing Arts pro­gram.

Over the years, Gorm­laith has learned from play­ers such as Padraigh Rynne, Micheàl Ò Raghal­laigh, and Noel Hill, and con­tin­ues to draw in­spi­ra­tion from them.

Be­ing one of the only con­certina play­ers in Char­lot­te­town, her unique style of play­ing has al­ready be­come well-known and recognized by many play­ers across the is­land.

Gorm­laith fea­tures with gui­tar player Jesse Péri­ard (Fred­er­ic­ton, New Brunswick), fid­dlers Kar­son McKe­own (Ottawa, On­tario) and Tuli Porcher ( Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia).

Their pro­mo­tion lit­er­a­ture de­scribes them as a ‘con­tem­po­rary trad band who add a mod­ern twist on the typ­i­cal struc­tures and sounds of tra­di­tional mu­sic. Through in­tri­cate ar­range­ments, rhyth­mic grooves, har­monic lines and en­er­getic reper­toire, Inn Echo hope to cap­ti­vate au­di­ences both fa­mil­iar and un­fa­mil­iar with tra­di­tional mu­sic, open­ing up new lis­ten­ers to the world of pro­gres­sive trad mu­sic. In­cor­po­rat­ing el­e­ments of in­die & jazz, Inn Echo’s mu­sic is a vi­brant, in­stru­men­tally-fu­elled road trip through gen­res, echo­ing melodies of old and new, while main­tain­ing true to the fun and en­er­getic spirit of tra­di­tional mu­sic.’

Jesse has toured in the past to the US, Eng­land, France, Switzer­land, Den­mark, Scot­land, and Aus­tralia as a mem­ber of the trio ,Ten Strings and a Goat Skin.

Kar­son McKe­own has been play­ing fid­dle since the age of 10. Orig­i­nally from Ottawa, On­tario, he has been a reg­u­lar and well-recognized player in the Ir­ish ses­sion scene in both Ottawa and Prince Ed­ward Is­land, and has won numer­ous fid­dle com­pe­ti­tions in East­ern On­tario. On top of play­ing with Inn Echo, Kar­son teaches vi­o­lin on PEI and is help­ing to keep the fid­dle tradition alive in Canada.

Tuli Porcher has been pllay­ing clas­si­cal vi­o­lin since the age of 3, fid­dle tunes since she was 5, cello since 10, and now re­cently the 5-string fid­dle, it’s easy to say that mu­sic has al­ways played a large part in her life.

Fri­day’s con­cert (7.30pm at the Dome) is set to be spe­cial.

Head­lin­ing the evening is Frankie Gavin and the Prove­nance. Frankie was Gradam Ceoil’s 2018 Tra­di­tional Mu­si­cian of the Year and The Prove­nance com­prises Sor­cha Costello, Eadaoin Ni Mhaicin and Ciara O’Brien, three pow­er­ful, highly ex­pe­ri­enced fid­dle play­ers and stars in their own right.

Mean­while, Karan Casey has long been recog­nised as one of the most in­no­va­tive, provoca­tive and im­i­tated voices in Ir­ish tra­di­tional and folk mu­sic. This evening she is joined by her band; Sean Óg Gra­ham & Ni­amh Dunne (Beoga), and Niall Val­lely.

A wel­come re­turn is of­fered to Clogher­head na­tive Ste­vie Dunne, who will be ac­com­pa­nied by his band, Ger­ard Thomp­son and Brian McGrath, while Inn Echo will also play an his­toric set too.

The evening opens with a spe­cial per­for­mance of Ir­ish songs by the un­ri­valled St Peter’s Male Voice Choir. Tick­ets are €25 and avail­able on www.flead­ and live from the Box Of­fice in Lau­rence Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Gorm­laith and the team from Inn Echo

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