Conscious

by Padraig Rynne

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The third solo album release by concertina virtuoso Pádraig Rynne. On this Aug 2019 release, Rynne collaborates with some of the high profile musicians he has worked with in that decade including Dónal Lunny, Mark Lettieri, Ariel Possen, Davie Ryan, Jeremy Kittel, Cillian Doheny, Eoin walsh, Cormac McCarthy and Cillian King. An album produced, written and arranged by Rynne himself from start to finish.

"The uniting feature of all this music, besides its exquisite execution, is its complexity. It’s not challenging to listen to, per se, but when one sits down for a close listen, it becomes quickly evident that no harmonic, rhythmic, or textural stone is left unturned. This is what “Conscious” has in spades.... Rynne’s group would be very exciting to see live. This album only reinforces that notion." - Daniel Neely, Irish Echo

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released August 9, 2019

Pádraig Rynne: Concertinas, Synths, Programming, Sampling, Sound Design, Wurli (Track 8) Piano (Track 3), Hammond Organ, Percussion (Track 5, 7 & 8) and String arrangements.
Eoin Walsh: Electric Bass, Piano & Percussion (track 1)
Davie Ryan: Drums
Cillian Doheny: Electric and Acoustic Guitars (Track 4, 5 and 8)
Cillian King: Electric and Acoustic Guitars (Track 3)
Mark Lettieri: Electric Guitars (Track 2 and 7)
Ariel Posen: Slide Guitar (Track 6)
Dónal Lunny: Bouzouki (Track 1 & 2)
Jeremy Kittel: Strings
Philip Lassiter: Horns
Cormac McCarthy: Piano (Track 6) & Fender Rhodes (Track 7)
Graham Henderson: Keyboard (Track 2)

Recorded at Liosbeg Studios with additional recording at Letercollum Studios and on location in L.A., Fort Worth, New York, Cork and Dublin.
Produced by Pádraig Rynne
Mixed & Mastered by Pádraig Rynne at Liosbeg Studios
Music arranged and composed by Pádraig Rynne
Artwork/Design: Ken Coleman

1. Distant Sea Line
This slip jig was written while travelling through Galicia in North Spain. Every mile we travelled seemed to be the coast line, a stunning part of the world.

2. Amber Spring
While spending time on holiday with my family, this rhythmical 9/8 melody and arrangement which grows into a 4/4 outro section came to mind.

3. Broken Notes
This track felt like it was broken for a long time. So much so that I followed this concept and used it to generate glitches, purpose built sampling with errors, sound design that expands instrumental tones and let it surround the melody in a natural pull and drag approach.

4. Magnolia Place
While spending time in St. Louis, Missouri, I sat at my laptop and wrote this track using both a computer and concertina. I was in a beautiful old house that had a real dreamy effect and this transferred to the composition.

5. A City Built On Hustle
Based on a story of corruption, the war on drugs, divide, poverty and policing in Detroit Michigan. Following the story from the 1970’s to the Hip Hop mayor of the 2000’s. I subconsciously wrote this track with hints of a Detroit musical influence while reading about this wonderful City and all of its ups and downs.

6. Avonree
7/8 is a time signature that I have been fascinated with since my youth. It has become very popular in recent years. I composed this for my Mother Mary, who sadly passed away in 2016. This was the first piece of music I wrote after her death and probably the most difficult.

7. The Yellow Fortress
Having travelled to Sarajevo in 2018 and returning with NOTIFY in 2019, I fell in love with this part of the world and its people. I spent much of my time visiting sights of the City that were central in their recent difficult history. One of these fascinating places was the Yellow Fortress which gave a beautiful view of the City from above. The compositional elements of this piece were written in Sarajevo in 2018 and completed there while on my second visit in 2019.

8. Renaissance Man
This is a piece that I wrote for a great friend - Dónal Lunny. Dónal is without a doubt the biggest influence on my music. His compositions, arrangements and approach to music constantly fascinate me and I have been lucky enough to spend time watching him create and arrange music over the past decade or so. His detail to harmony, rhythm and dynamics are quite unique and I will be forever indebted to him for his generosity in sharing these with me. Dónal has been credited as been at the forefront of the renaissance of Irish music for the last five decades.

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Padraig Rynne Ennis, Ireland

Described as “one of the freshest sounds in Irish music” by fRoots magazine, Padraig Rynne is a virtuoso musician, prolific composer and is regarded as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music today.

With an MA in Music technology and a passion for experimenting with diverse genres, Padraig is recognised for his refreshing explorations into the Irish Tradition and beyond.
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