This album was inspired by Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Co. Kilkenny, close to where I live. The material on the recording is inspired by the place and by many of the themes which influence life in Ballytobin. Castalia Hall is a purpose-built hall which houses an impressive array of instruments, many of which can be heard on the album. I was curious to see what range of colours would be possible with just two instrumentalists and so invited my friend, the multi-instrumentalist, Francesco Turrisi, to join me on the adventure. We spent three magical days in the Kilkenny countryside and this recording is a result of that experience.
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