No More Blues

Price: 13,50 EUR
No More Blues by Richard Nelson Short Press Release If you’ve heard any pedal steel guitar swells on any Irish country tracks over the past 30 years, chances are it was Richard Nelson’s skilfully crafted lines that permeated the somewhat generic sound of that particular genre. Richard is the guy that everyone has heard but no one has heard of (outside of the top-tier level of Irish musicians). His credits include Van Morrison and Paul Brady, but his discography is even more impressive. When asked how many albums he has played on, he smirked ‘I gave up counting after it got past 1,200.’ A typical answer from a modest, yet quietly confident Ulsterman with an exceptionally droll sense of humour. It is on this album, his 3rd foray into jazz that Nelson’s jazz credentials are codified. The dexterity with which he tackles ‘Giant Steps’ is truly remarkable. This tune with its frantic tempo and alternating modulations is not to be attempted (if you have any respect for Coltrane) until one has truly spent a considerable amount of time studying jazz, but Nelson’s version showcases his impeccable timing, tuning and acuity. Kenny Burrell’s ‘Midnight Blue’ sounds as smooth and slick as Rudy Van Gelder’s original recording. The title track, Jobim’s classic Chega De Saudade (No More Blues), highlights the musicians’ seamless transition to a classic bossa nova groove. Charlie Parker’s ‘Donna Lee’ is given its due respect and Bob Berg’s ‘Friday Night at the Cadillac Club’ bounces along with a consistency that Whiplash’s Fletcher would find to be “…quite my tempo”. Featuring an all-star cast of top Irish and international session musicians from Scotland to the US, and recorded, mixed and mastered by the legendary Philip ‘The Beg’ Begley (Riverdance, Planxty, Christy Moore), Nelson has delivered a stunning sounding album. Crisp yet gritty and the selection of tunes demonstrates just how far he has brought a ‘country’ instrument into the jazz mainstream. Pedal Steel Guitar is here to stay as a jazz instrument and on this island, it is due to the Herculean efforts of Richard Nelson’s patience, practice, persistence, precision and vision. No More Blues by Richard Nelson is out now on Modal Citizen Records. www.modalcitizenrecords.com

Microtonal Sound Recipes: Multiple Layers by Mike

Price: 9,99 EUR
This project developed out of a eureka moment when a guitar string was plucked on the opposite side in a moment of spontaneous improvisation. The sounded microtone led to 20 years of microtonal research, performance and guitar development. PhD research incorporated a collaboration with my long-time friend and musical colleague, singer Ellen Demos. Ellen developed her microtonal singing technique during periods of recorded extemporaneous duo performances as part of my research. The content of the CD is a result of Ellen and myself recording improvisations for two days at Four Winds Recording Studio, (2015), engineered by the fantastic Jamie Carolan. Subsequently, Shane O’ Donovan provided the awesome overdubbing of percussion and electronics to complete the sound recipe. An additional live track was added, Cringing Madmen, from a live quartet improvisation - myself on microtonal guitar/electronics; Ellen Demos: vocals/electronics; Matt Halpin: Saxes; Shane O’ Donovan: percussion/electronics - during a concert concluding a postdoctoral Arts Council Project Award, 2018. Amusing, yet improvisationally significant, the song title Awa Ba Da Dae - named after improvised syllables and phonetically transcribed - when translated (according to google translate language detection that is…) means, we’re not okay. Ellen had actually improvised in the Hausa language, a branch of the Afroasiatic language family. Ellen also contributed monologues to the project which are included here. I am really grateful to Marc Geagan at www.modalcitizenrecords.com for his continued support and interest in my projects. Extended thanks to Joel at G&J Audio, Union City, NJ, USA for the fantastic mixing and mastering. Mike Nielsen July 2019 Mike Nielsen: microtonal guitar and electronics Ellen Demos: vocals Shane O’ Donovan: percussion and electronics Matt Halpin: sax on Cringing Madmen www.modalcitizenrecords.com Note: For orders outside of the Republic of Ireland please email modalcitizenrecords@gmail.com

Always Broke Never Broken

Price: 9,99 EUR
Ronan Gallagher's debut album with songs about lost love, drink and Armageddon. Note: For orders outside of the Republic of Ireland please email modalcitizenrecords@gmail.com

Songs of Erne Volume 1 Book/CD

Price: 19,99 EUR
Songs of Erne: Volume 1 by Marc Geagan. This collection of tunes, in the tradition of "The Northern Fiddler," documents the music of South Donegal and West Fermanagh, through interviews, tunes and songs. Local songs from Paddy Tunney (“Father of Song”) and tunes from Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Catháin (composer of Tabhair dom do Lámh and The Hawk of Ballyshannon) and Poet/Music Collector William Allingham are featured in the book. The book is illustrated by the iconic local artist Barry Britton. There is also an accompanying CD that features contemporary versions of the collected material. The CD contains contributions from some of the finest musicians in the South Donegal area, including guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney, Ulster Fleadh winner Farrah Bogle and Kila’s Seanan Brennan. Note: For orders outside of the Republic of Ireland please email modalcitizenrecords@gmail.com

Song for my Father

Price: 13,50 EUR
‘Song for my Father’ is Richard’s 2nd jazz album. In a personal homage to his late father Richard pays tribute to him by covering the Horace Silver classic. To most people the pedal steel guitar is a bizarre, bewildering instrument and the sheer technical prowess required puts most musicians off ever attempting to play it. But to play jazz on the instrument is a testament to the man himself. On 7 Brothers, Nelson deftly navigates complex lines which showcase his stunning virtuosity. Blue Moon reveals the instrument’s Hawaiian origins. His daughter Klara guests on ‘All of Me’, a version that Lady Day would be proud to call her own. There are many highlights on this exciting album, notably Miles Davis’ Nardis, Green Dolphin Street and the stunning cover of Nowhere Man by The Beatles. Note: For orders outside of the Republic of Ireland please email modalcitizenrecords@gmail.com