At First Light

At First Light
At First Light


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  • country:Ireland
  • region:Northern Europe
  • style(s):Celtic, Irish
  • label:not signed
  • type:Band
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:instrumental, vocal
  • artist submitted by:O'Hare Productions

Line up

  • Alan Burke (Lead vocals, guitar)
  • Donal O'Connor (Violin,keyboards,vox)
  • Francis Mc ilduff (Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Bodhran)
  • John McSherry (Uilleann pipes, low whistle)
  • Rubén Bada  (Bouzouki, Guitar, Fiddle)


01/02/07 Tripswitch selected by BBC Radio Ulster as Traditional Irish Music Album of the year 2006.

27/01/07 "they infuse their music with excitement through skillful playing rather than breakneck pacing" Tripswitch reviewed in Sing Out Magazine.

21/01/07 Sean Maguire's is voted Instrumental Track of the year 2006 by"an all-instrumental bit of brilliance"

17/01/07 "modern and energetic" Tripswitch voted in top 10 Roots Releases of 2006 by Philidelphia City Paper.

05/01/07 Tripswitch voted in top 10 Trad. Releases of 2006 by RTE Radio.

01/11/06 At First Light featured on the front cover of Irish Music Magazine, December Edition. "Eddie Creaney talks to Belfast-based ensemble, At First Light about exciting times and their recipe for success"

17/10/06 "God, this is glorious music!". Tripswitch reviewed in Canada's leading folk publication - Penguin Eggs.

16/10/06 Tripswitch is reviewed on Belgian Folk Website

14/10/06 "Tripswitch is an instant contender for Instrumental Album of the Year".

05/09/06 "from radically riotous jigs and reels to heartbreaking laments and contemplative ballads Tripswitch is so fastidiously executed that it will take your breath away." - The Toronto Star.

01/09/06 "An immensely invigorating and intensely sparkling 40 minutes" Tripswitch is reviewed on

31/08/06 "At First Light are a seductively-energetic act that can encourage the shyest of music fans to take to the dance floor!" We had a storming night at Piping Live in Glasgow. Thanks to Findlay McDonald, Leslie Shaw and crew for putting together a brilliant festival.

03/08/06 Tripswitch reviewed in Folker Magazine-

01/08/06 "There's probably not been such an innovative album released on the green island since Lunasa's The Merry Sisters of Fate and Tripswitch probably shatters more boundaries." Folk Roots reckon Tripswitch will be Album of the Year.

29/07/06 "very thoughtful and deeply satisfying music". Alex Monaghan reviews Tripswitch for the Irish Music Magazine.

12/07/06 "Surement l'un des meilleurs Albums de l'anne". Review of Tripswitch in Le Peuple breton by Phillipe Cousin.

21/06/06 "an album of sparkling musical interplay" 5 Star review of Tripswitch by Geoff Wallis in Songlines Magazine

14/06/06 " the way the pair unpack a melody together is spellbinding" Review by Earl Hitchner in the IRISH ECHO newspaper, New York City.

09/06/06 "Medicine for the soul" Article in Irish Music Magazine.

22/05/06 "A band designed for excitement" ***** 5 Star review of At First Light/Chris Stout Quintet gig in The Scottish Herald.

17/05/06 "The music is top notch" Tripswitch given 8/10 by Sarah McQuaid in Hot Press review.

16/05/06 "Album of the Year contender " Article by Rob Adams in The Scottish Herald.

05/05/06 "a thoughtful collection that focuses on expressiveness rather than flashy pyrotechnics" **** 4 Stars - The Scotsman

19/04/06 "Acoustic Perfection" Living Tradition Review of Tripswitch

08/04/06 "A Firebreathing Delight" The Irish Times **** 4 Star Review of Tripswitch

02/04/06 "proof that contemporary traditional music can keep it's heart" Scotland on Sunday Review of Tripswitch

01/04/06 "Cluinfidh tú píosaí ar an albam nár chuala tú riamh roimhe, ach silfidh tú go bhfuil aithne agat orthu." Clic anseo>>

“Original compositions, Castilian dance tunes, Irish music at its very best from two consummate musicians. Pipes, flute, fiddle, keyboards plus strings from equally talented guests.” - BBC Radio 2 Folk & Acoustic Website

“The rhythmical power of At First Light would cause the most reluctant of feet to tap”
- Scottish Herald

“When four of the busiest young maestros on the traditional Irish music scene get together it’s sure to have trad fans wetting their lips and queuing up for tickets. So make a note now to hear this formidable foursome on their travels.”
- Belfast Telegraph

“This is a top quality collective that combines technical brilliance with rhythm in bag loads”
- Open House Festival

“It’s a dream-team line-up”
- The Scotsman

"from radically riotous jigs and reels to heartbreaking laments and contemplative ballads Tripswitch is so fastidiously executed that it will take your breath away."
- The Toronto Star