“Lost River, Vol. 1” is the long-awaited second song album of Dáithí Sproule. Featuring songs in Irish and English, exquisitely arranged and accompanied on guitar, the album includes guest performances by Seamus McGuire, Peter Ostroushko, Tom Schaefer, Randal Bays, Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey, Danielle Enblom, Laura MacKenzie, John Wright, Dean Magraw, James Kelly, Paddy O’Brien, and Altan. [Read more…]
A first-ever duo recording from long-time musical partners and Bush Artist Fellows Dáithí Sproule and Laura MacKenzie. The album includes traditional Irish and Scottish tunes and songs, as well as newly composed tunes, played on whistle, flute, concertina, pipes and guitar. [Read more…]
I’m delighted to have recorded this album with Dermy Diamond and Tara Bingham, after some 30 years of music and friendship. The title means “old friends,” and the selection of tunes are just that. [Read more…]
James Keane, Randal Bays and I have been playing as a trio for several years. This is our first album, much of it performed live in concert. We’re delighted to bring you this music that we love so much. [Read more…]
Dáithí Sproule, whose original compositions have been recorded by Skara Brae, Altan, Trian, Liz Carroll, Loreena McKennitt, and many others, has released his first solo acoustic guitar album. The album features thirteen of his original compositions.
Spanning four decades of composing, the melodies capture feelings about people and places that can’t be expressed in words. These are warm and richly crafted tunes, many played in the open tuning (DADGAD) that he helped pioneer in Irish music. [Read more…]
- Paddy O’Brien, Accordion
- Jamie Gans, Fiddle
- Dáithí Sproule, Guitar
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Dáithí Sproule’s first solo recording, released on Green Linnet Records in 1995, re-released by Compass Records.
“Simply a stunning debut, this is the kind of album that will never be last year’s model. Liz Carroll and Peter Ostroushko help create simple, beautiful arrangements for ten songs and two instrumentals featuring Sproule’s unparalleled voice and guitar.” -Steve Winick
Dáithí Sproule (vocals, guitar), with special guests Peter Ostroushko (fiddle, mandolin), and Liz Carroll (fiddle) [Read more…]
- James Kelly, Fiddle
- Paddy O’Brien, Accordion
- Dáithí Sproule, Guitar, Vocals
Originally released as two LP recordings (Is it Yourself and Spring in the Air) eventually re-issued on a single CD; regarded by most Irish music lovers as one of the tradition’s classic, must-have recordings.
“Virtuosic players who invest these tunes with an almost off-hand grace… ” — All Music Guide [Read more…]
Skara Brae consisted of three siblings, Micheal O Domhnaill, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, and Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill, with Dáithí Sproule from Derry.
Though brought up in County Meath, the O Domhnaill siblings had their roots in Ranafast (Rann na Feirste), where their father’s family originated. Mícheál, Maighread, and Tríona came together with Dáithí during Irish language summer schools held in Rannafast during the late 1960s and subsequently formed the band Skara Brae while Triona and Maighread were still attending school. Mícheál and Dáithí were attending University College Dublin and performed in the city over the next year.
In 1971, Skara Brae released a self-titled album of “beautifully performed Gaelic songs” on Gael-Linn Records. It is considered one of the most important albums in its genre, notable as the first recording to include vocal harmonization in Irish language songs. [Read more…]