‘Pride of the West’ launch in Spell’s

‘Pride of the West’, the new CD from Roscommon men John Wynne and John McEvoy, was launched on Friday night in Spell’s Venue in Ballaghaderreen.  Their new CD was recorded above Spell’s bar and so it was entirely appropriate that it be officially launched there as well. The night kicked off with a few words from Cavan box player Martin Donohoe who then left the floor to well-known Roscommon flute-player Patsy Hanly who launched the CD. With the formalities over, the audience was then treated to a selection of tunes from Johns Wynne and McEvoy, accompanied on piano by John’s son Paddy McEvoy and on guitar by Arty McGlynn. The musicians were reluctant to hog the limelight and so, after giving the audience a good taste of what they could hear on the new CD, they then began inviting other musicians on stage to play a few tunes. First up was John Wynne’s wife, Orla McAtavie, who played a lovely duet with her husband, the jig The Tooth Fairy which she composed in honour of their daughter Naoise’s first tooth. This was followed by performances by a long list of great musicians which included well-known flute player Catherine McEvoy, John McEvoy’s sister, and her family, John McEvoy’s family – wife Jacinta and their two sons Paddy and Conor, Frank Kelly, the piano accordion player from Fourmilehouse, Patsy’s Hanly’s wife Pauline Hanly, originally from Donegal but long time resident of Roscommon, Séamus Fay, Cavan’s lilter, flute-player Frank Jordan from Buckhill, Fairymount, Michael Hurley from Ballymote and Micheál Ó Raghallaigh, the Meath concertina player. The younger generation was also present and a host of all-Ireland under 18 champions also did their bit to entertain the crowd. There was a full house for the night and so many musicians present that MC Martin Donohoe suggested for the grand finale that the non-musicians come up on the stage and leave the floor to the musicians! The CD is released on Galway record label Cló Iar-Chonnachta and can be bought from their website www.cic.ie as well as in music shops and local outlets. See also www.prideofthewest.net