PÁDRAIG RYNNE'S NOTIFY & PAULINE SCANLON
- ABOUT THE COLLABORATION
At the crossroads of Traditional Irish Music and ambient electronica, collaborators Pauline Scanlon and Padraig Rynne, both leading figureheads of the Irish Tradition, breathe new life into Gaelic music and song, with "a musical tapestry that ranges from soft melodies to crashing crescendos".
Centred around the wizardry of concertina player and electronic sound designer Padraig Rynne and the stunning vocals of Gaelic folk singer Pauline Scanlon the duo are anchored by Cillian King on guitars, Eoin Walsh on bass and Shane O’Sullivan on drums. Together the ensemble delivers an evocative repertoire of original compositions, re-arranged traditional tunes and Irish language songs, produced with sensitive electronic overlays and inventive arrangements that are “cinematic in scope” (New York Echo)
Steering Traditional Irish Music into new urban territories, Padraig Rynne’s NOTIFY is spearheading a new wave of folk music: ‘folktronika’. This fantastic quartet of instrumental innovation, brainchild of Padraig Rynne, brings Traditional Irish Music into the urban arena by placing Irish melodies within electronica, jazz and rock. In 2013 Rynne released the eponymously titled debut album ‘Notify’ to high critical acclaim...“Rynne forms Notify into a raffish, lateral-thinking delight. 1980s funk intersects with freewheeling improv to often startling effect, with the concertina proving its mettle as an able dealer in a world where groove is king.” Irish Times.
PAULINE SCANLON BIOG
With a voice described as “a superb mix of china cup fragility and steely strength” (Irish Times), Pauline Scanlon is one of Ireland’s most cherished traditional singers and a rising star on the Celtic world stage. Born into the Irish speaking Gaeltacht community of Dingle in County Kerry, Scanlon is as an authentic interpreter of Ireland’s physical and spiritual landscape and a leading female figure along with artists such as Enya and Sinead O’Connor. With four critically received albums to her credit, the vocalist and songwriter galvanized the Irish music scene a decade ago with her award-winning debut album 'Red Colour Sun', produced by the celebrated Irish producer John Reynolds (Brian Eno, U2, Seun Kuti, Herbie Hancock). In addition to her in demand studio, Scanlon’s extensive international touring experience has seen her share stages from Glastonbury to Carnegie Hall with some of Ireland’s greatest performers including the Sharon Shannon Band; for whom she was the long term vocalist. In 2009 Scanlon, along with fellow chanteuse Éilís Kennedy formed the vocal duo Lumiere and subsequently signed to Sony Records.
PÁDRAIG RYNNE BIOG
Described as "one of the freshest sounds in Irish music", Pádraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician, prolific composer and one of the finest concertina players in Irish music. With a Masters in Music Technology and a passion for exploring the synergies between the Tradition and urban genres, he is regarded as one of the most experimental traditional musicians of his generation. Founder one of the traditional group Guidewires, whose album ‘ll’ was regarded as “one of the finest albums to emerge in Irish music in the last few decades” (Irish Times) and current member of TRIAD with Donal Lunny and Sylvain Barou, “exceptional music meastros” (Froots), Rynne is not only a household name in Traditional Music in Ireland, but fast becoming a celebrated international artist. A highly in demand live and studio musician, having performed and recorded with artists such as Shahzad Ismaily, Gilles Servat, Andy Irvine, Máirtín O Connor, Flook, Lunasa and Altan, amongst many others, he has more recently Rynne been the musical curator for a series of Arts Council of Ireland Touring projects; Dán (Guidewires, Kan, Alyth McCormack, Jacques Pellen, Yannick Martin, Etienne Callac and Geoffroy Tamisier) and Atlantic I/O (Rynne, the olllam, Jeremy Kittel and Michelle Chamuel).
“(Rynne) has flown his concertina square into a world of progressive rock, built around traditional Irish dance rhythms…innovative, modern and exciting. Forward looking, stylistically adventuresome and musically well executed, it challenges received notions of Irish traditional music purity…I can easily imagine how this (debut) album might illuminate and inspire...” New York Echo
"(Scanlon’s) distinctive, occasionally beguiling voice, seems to soar several miles above the varied arrangements…eminently accomplished.” – Hot Press
ARTS COUNCIL OF IRELAND
Spearheading a new wave of traditional music ‘folktronika’, this latest collaboration between Pauline Scanlon and Padraig Rynne’s NOTIFY is the third in a series of Arts Council of Ireland funded collaborations curated by Rynne. Dedicated to an entirely new, suspense-charged relationship between the traditional and the modern and the development of new, young and urban audiences for Traditional Irish Music, this specially commissioned Arts Council of Ireland and Northern Ireland project is the culmination of a 6 month writing collaboration that will showcase in a highly anticipated concert series at 4 selected venues in Ireland.