Dougal Adams Ado Barker Ben Stephenson
debut album out now
‘Anyone who’s been caught by this music will know the feeling, when it’s really flowing, of the tunes somehow playing themselves - perhaps it’s the combination of time and shared experience that does it, but often when we sit down to play it feels like the music just sets itself loose. Recorded live over a chilly Melbourne weekend, this album is an effort to capture a few of those fleeting moments, to catch the elusive sound of the music rolling free.'
Dougal Adams is one of Australian Irish music’s best kept secrets – Glasgow-born, Western Australia-raised, Dougal has long been acknowledged among his peers as one the Irish flute’s finest local exponents.
Ado Barker and Ben Stephenson are already well known to Australian folk and world music audiences - as members of seminal Australian-Irish trad band Trouble in the Kitchen they each have, over many years, earned formidable reputations both at home and abroad.
The album draws on a deep reservoir of material, gleaned and gathered over many years playing in both Australia and Ireland. While deeply embedded in the local Irish music scene - Dougal and Ado in Melbourne, Ben in Sydney - all three have spent significant time abroad honing the craft. Ado, in particular, has over the years made something of a second home in Ennis, Co Clare.
Sonically, the recording is distinctive for its deep, rich tone – the tunes have been laid down ‘flat’; that is, recorded a full tone below concert pitch. Evoking the old music of the uilleann pipers, the deeper pitch opens new space within the cascade of melody to explore the ebb and flow of the tunes.
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The Freewheeler CD cover art is an etching by the wonderful Mari Adams - see more of her work at mari-adams.com
Live video from our fabbo Melbourne album launch