Ye Vagabonds share their second album for Rough Trade’s River Lea label today.
Nine Waves was recorded in the Dublin Mountains at Hellfire Studios, produced by John ‘Spud’ Murphy (whose previous work includes records by black midi, Lankum and caroline). The album features 11 tracks of both traditional and original songs and tunes.
Nine Waves follows the duo’s standalone single I’m A Rover, which won them an RTE Radio One Folk Award for Best Traditional Folk Track. Ye Vagabonds were also named Best Folk Group for the second time at the 2021 ceremony, where they hold the record for most awarded artists.
The brotherly harmonies and multi-instrumental abilities of Diarmuid and Brían Mac Gloinn were joined on Nine Waves by Kate Ellis (cello) and Caimin Gilmore (double bass), both members of the Irish contemporary classical group Crash Ensemble, and Ryan Hargadon (Anna Mieke, Rachael Lavelle, Kojaque) on piano and saxophone. The record also features concertina from Cormac Begley, and harmonium from regular touring member of Ye Vagabonds, Alain McFadden.
Speaking of the album, Ye Vagabonds say:
“This album is dedicated to the memory of Andrew Early, Fuad Nahdi and Fatima Abbas, to their remarkable friendship, wisdom and humour.
In March 2021, surrounded by plants and instruments at Brían’s place in Wicklow, a shape started to emerge from writing we’d done over the course of two years.
Small birds kept tapping on the windows of the house while we wrote and recorded demos.
The following September, Spud helped us to capture and craft the nine songs and tunes on this album. Tuaim and Fuaim were improvised in-studio by Alain, Kate, Caimin and ourselves.
At any other time, for various reasons, we couldn’t have written these songs. We might have written others but not these.”
Buy / stream Nine Waves: https://ffm.to/ninewaves
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Ye Vagabonds will be touring throughout Europe and the UK in 2022. Tickets are available from yevagabonds.com
IRISH TOUR DATES:
9th June – Vicar St. Dublin Launch Show
10th June – Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary
11th June – Doolin Folk Festival, Co. Clare
12th June – Visual, Carlow
15th June – Linenhall, Castlebar
17th June Oranmore Castle, Galway
19th June Arranmore Island, Donegal
22nd June – The Everyman, Cork
23rd June – Connolly’s of Leap, West Cork
24th June – Crown Live, Wexford
25th June – Ballykeefe Amphitheatre, Kilkenny