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11 MP3 Songs in this album (47:39) !
Related styles: Folk: Irish Traditional, Easy Listening: Ballads, Type: Acoustic
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Mary Gillespie, a Mayo born singer and musician, who frequently plays solo gigs in different venues between Donegal (her current resident county) and Mayo where she holds a very large fan base. The young, talented musician has paved an impressive career to date. Having heard her play at several venues I was eagerly awaiting the release of her debut album âOver The Years.â
Her album launch was an incredible musical event held in Donegal last summerâ10 which showcased many different musicians who know how to hold a great session. The album is an enjoyable mix of cover songs from artists such as Phil Coulterâs âDonegal Dannyâ and Nanci Griffthâs âLate Night Grande Hotel.â
Gillespieâs soft accent brings a wonderful quality to these songs and her youthful voice gives the older songs on the album a brand new lease of life. A lease of life that is much deserved for fantastically written songs! âLove Me (Grandpa)â is just one of many songs on the album that Mary Gillespie has mastered flawlessly, the lyrics of the song itself are heart wrenching and mixed with Gillespieâs vocal talents, it has the power to bring a tear to the eye of the coldest heart!
The musicians assisting on the album are outstanding with Pat Coyne on bass guitar and backing vocals. He has the incredible talent to add dimensions to the songs he is involved in and whoâs voice perfectly complements Mary Gillespieâs.
Aoife (fafa) Feeney on the fiddle is a woman who really knows how to work the instrument and makes the instrument work for her, from slower tempo songs to lively ballads she is a musician who not only keeps the pace but helps to set it!
Over all this easy listening album works fantastically because it is simple, it is holds within it fantastic ballads, extremely talented musicians and vocals talents that demand the attention of the listener! Simply Brilliant, something special!
Review by Declan Oâ Toole (www.musicreviewunsigned.com/m.html) December 2010
She stood and watched the sun cast a soft gold shadow across the fields as she hummed a sweet ballad under her breath before she turned on her youthful heel and ran home. She was waiting for the summer to come, a time when she would return home to Glencolumbkille to her grandfather. You could see the shine of excitement in Mary Gillespieâs dark eyes as she skipped across the field home.
When Mary was a child she went to school in Louisburgh in County Mayo, when she arrived home her mother, Bridget Gillespie would be in the kitchen, Dolores Keane, Margo and Big Tom would be singing on the radio and Mary would watch her prepare the dinner and sing alongside her.
Bridget was born and reared on the beautiful island of Inishbofin in Co.Galway and has an inherent appreciation of all musicâs
âHer people would have been full of music. My mother was originally OâHalloran from Inishbofin. They all sing, play music and dance. I learnt a lot from them,â Mary said.
Mary inherited a deep love for music from both sides of the family. Her father Gerry Gillespie, from Glencolumbkille was born and reared in a house that appreciated the rich cultural heritage of south west Donegal.
âIn Grandaâs house, Francie Phaddy Bhrian Gillespie's, Auntie Mary Ann always had Raidió na Gaeltachta (RnaG) on and I remember sitting there in the kitchen with them just listening to the music and the singing. When I was 11 years of age, I came back to live in Glen. I was delighted I went to have come backbut the two places were always home. I went to secondary school in Carrick and I made a lot of very good friends there,â she said.
Immersed in her studies, Mary always harboured a true love of music and perhaps someday thought that she might one day release her own album. âMy parents took me to concerts whenever the opportunity arose. When I liked the air of a song, they would buy me the CD. They are
great,â she said.
In Carrick, she came across one of her greatest influences to date, Paddy Ringo Cunningham. Ringo is an extraordinarily talented musician who brought Mary under his wing and taught her on the guitar. âThe biggest influence on me to date is Ringo and my parents. Ringo taught me to play the guitar and he was an excellent teacher. Manyâs a tune we have had together since them early days,â she said.
From the tender age of 15 Mary has played and sang at local events in south Donegal and in Mayo.
One of the fondest memories from her youth is going to collect the pension in the Glen with her grandfather on a Friday. There was always a scuffle as her mother got the car keys ready to do the run. There were three other siblings and competition to take up station in the back seat was always tough. âI was the oldest, but you still had to promise that you would wash the dishes for a week or something! It was well worth it though. After granda collected the bingo it was into Biddyâs in Glen we would go and the music and song would often start,â she recalls.
The atmosphere she was steeped in from her youth and her love of music has now spurred Mary to record her first ever album. âIt is mostly Irish folk and ballads and a wee bit of country.Donegal Danny, Late night grand hotel, Trouble in the fields, Wild mountain Thyme, Mothers, daughters, wives, songs that I like and I hope that other people will appreciate.The latter is a song I heard from a great singer my cousin Margaret Cunningham.â
The album was recorded in the Mountain View Studios in Cong County Mayo. Mary was very lucky to have enlisted the help of Pat Coyne to do the guitar on her album. Pat currently plays with the Seán Keane band.A local girl from Dunkineely, Aoife Feeney plays the fiddle on the album and Kevin Jones from Mooncoin from Waterford plays accompaniment on piano.
At the moment in Maryâs house, her wee girl Tara (4) is very excited about her mammy becoming a recording artist. Wee Tara keeps pushing the play button on the CD and telling all her friends âthatâs my mammy.â Her wee boy Aaron (9) is also delighted that his mother has finally put her beautiful voice to good use. âThey are very good,â Mary says.
Mary will release her first album this June and many await it in anticipation. The album will be launched June 25 in the Blue Haven and a great night of music is not only expected but guaranteed. Big players on the music scene, such as, John Connolly and Don Stiffe
have already promised Mary that they will attend.
The article is first appeared in the Donegal on Sunday on May 9th 2010
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