Buille Brings Out The Beat
February 20, 2007
"...a classic of new Irish music. Miss it if you dare." - THE LIVING TRADITION
February 20, 2007 (Nashville) - Buille (pronounced Bwill-ah), which in English translates to mean "Beat", have released their debut self-titled album on Compass Records today to align with their US tour which kicked off last week. Forging traditional Irish with jazz and classical, Irish musicians Niall Vallely, Paul Meehan and Caoimhín Vallely have joined forces to create one of the most potent new sounds to emerge from Ireland in many years. Concertina virtuoso Niall Vallely enlists his brother Caoimhín on piano (yet another creative member of the legendary clan, so prominent in the Irish arts scene) and guitar powerhouse Paul Meehan to fashion a new sound and take Irish music onward to new frontiers. "Buille is as fresh a breath that’s blown through traditional (and roots) circles in a long, long time." (THE IRISH TIMES)
Acclaimed throughout the world as one of Ireland’s greatest concertina players, Niall Vallely began learning the instrument at the age of seven, taught by his parents Brian and Eithne Vallely, founders of the Armagh Pipers’ Club. A founding member of NOMOS, he has in recent years performed both in a solo capacity and with musicians such as Karan Casey, Tim O’Brien, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, and Paddy Keenan. His solo debut was released in 1999 Beyond Words, and in 2003 Compass Records released Callan Bridge in the US, a collaboration with his brother Cillian (of Lúnasa) on pipes.
A product of thriving Irish music scenes in Manchester, County Armagh, and Cork, Paul recorded three albums with the highly acclaimed North Cregg. He has also spent a number of years touring and recording with Dorsa, the Karan Casey Band, and Lúnasa, of which he is a current member. In recent years Paul has appeared on stage with the likes of Altan, At the Racket, Paddy Keenan, Tommy Peoples and Liz Carroll.
Like his older brother Niall, pianist Caoimhín grew up in Armagh and began tin whistle lessons at the Armagh Pipers Club before moving to the fiddle. While still only seventeen, he joined the band Upstairs in a Tent, where he played alongside Brian Finnegan (now of Flook) and Kathryn Tickell. In Cork he co-founded North Cregg. Theater credits include a stint as musical director with the Belfast-based Dubblejoint and playing with Alan Kelly’s dance show "Celtic Legends."
BUILLE 2007 U.S. TOUR:
2.21.07 / Boston, MA / The Burren
2.22.07 / Vineyard Haven, MA / Cornell Theater
2.23.07 / Memphis, TN / Center for Southern Folklore
2.24.07 / Memphis, TN / North American Folk Alliance Conference
2.26.07 / Chicago, IL / Martyrs
3.1.07 / Saginaw, MI / White Crow Conservatory of Music
3.2.07 / Clevenland Heights, OH / Night Town
3.3.07 / Pittsburgh, PA / Carnegie Lecture Hall
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