T with the Maggies (album)

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T with the Maggies
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Studio album by T with the Maggies
Released 29 October 2010
Recorded June – September 2010
Stiúidió na Mara
(An Bhráid, Co. Donegal)
Genre Celtic, folk, Irish traditional
Length 43:47
Language Irish, English
Label TWM Music
Compass Records (United States)
Producer T with the Maggies, Manus Lunny
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Hot Press 4.5/5 stars[1]
Irish Times 3/4 stars[2]
Irish News 4.5/5 stars[3]
Irish Music Magazine (favourable)[4]

T with the Maggies is the debut album from Irish Celtic-folk supergroup T with the Maggies. It was released on 29 October 2010 in Ireland[5] and on 22 February 2011 in the United States.

Background[edit]

T with the Maggies, a group of individual international singers came together in 2007 to celebrate the life and music of Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, Triona and Maighread's older brother. The members, good friends for four decades, began touring together and started recording in July 2009. They began recording the album in An Bhráid, County Donegal in 2010.

Development[edit]

The band travelled to the Tyrone Guthrie Centre creative retreat in Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan to come up with a sound different form their past projects and solo albums. There they met American artist Megan Marlatt, who would later send them a picture of similar-looking puppets that would become the album's front cover image.

On 15 June 2010, Mairéad wrote the song Domhnach na Fola (English: Bloody Sunday), a few hours after the findings of the Saville Inquiry were read live on television around the world by British Prime Minister David Cameron. The music was co-written with fellow band-member Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill. Other songs written on the retreat were Ógánaigh Uasail and Mother's Song. They also arranged their own version of Richard Thompson's Farewell, Farewell.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Wedding Dress" Traditional, arrangement by T with the Maggies 4:36
2. "Domhnach na Fola" Words Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh / music Ní Mhaonaigh & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill 3:19
3. "Thugamar Fhéin an Samhradh Linn" Trad. Arr. T with the Maggies 3:52
4. "Bíodh Orm Anocht" Trad. Arr. T with the Maggies 3:33
5. "Mother's Song" Music & words T with the Maggies 3:41
6. "Ógánaigh Uasail" Words Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill; music trad. arr. T with the Maggies 5:00
7. "Cuach Mo Londubh Buí" Trad. Arr. T with the Maggies 2:57
8. "Ceol An Phíobaire" Trad. Arr. T with the Maggies 5:52
9. "A Stór A Stór A Ghrá" Trad. Arr. T with the Maggies 2:39
10. "Farewell, Farewell" Richard Thompson / Arr. T with the Maggies 3:30
11. "An Mhaighdeán Mhara" Trad. Arr. T with the Maggies 4:44

About the tracks[edit]

  • "Cuach Mo Londubh Buí" – Altan previously recorded and released this track as "Cuach Mo Lon Dubh Buí" (3:02) on their (studio) album The Blue Idol (2002)[6].
  • "Ceol An Phíobaire" – Frankie Kennedy and Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh previously recorded and released this track as "Ceol A'Phíobaire" (3:50) on their second (studio) album Altan (1987).
  • "A Stór A Stór A Ghrá" – Altan previously recorded and released this track as "Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá" (2:51) on their (studio) album Blackwater (1996)[7].
  • "An Mhaighdeán Mhara" – Altan previously recorded and released this track as "An Mhaighdean Mhara" (2:52) on their (studio) album Island Angel (1993)[8].

Release[edit]

The album was launched in Dublin on 29 October 2010 by actor Stephen Rea. Friends of the singers in attendance included musicians Luka Bloom, Neil Martin and Paul Brady and broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan. On 6 November 2010, T with the Maggies held a special launch in Leo's Tavern (owned by Moya's father), Gaoth Dobhair in County Donegal.

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date Label
Ireland October 29, 2010 (2010-10-29) TWM Music
Worldwide (digital) November 12, 2010 (2010-11-12)
United States February 22, 2011 (2011-02-22) Compass Records

Promotion[edit]

T with the Maggies appeared on RTÉ's The Late Late Show October 29, performing the song Wedding Dress from the album. On 6 November 2010, they held a CD signing in Celtic Note, Dublin.

Personnel[edit]

The band[edit]

Additional credits[edit]

  • Manus Lunny - Co-producer, mixer, engineering Guitar, Bouzouki, Programming
  • Jim Higgins - Additional Percussion
  • Tim Jarvis - Cover Design, Photography
  • Megan Marlatt - Cover Concept, Photography
  • Mella Travers - photography
  • Richard Robinson - photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hot Press review
  2. ^ Irish Times review
  3. ^ Irish News review
  4. ^ Irish Music Magazine review
  5. ^ Music - T with the Maggies official website
  6. ^ "Cuach Mo Lon Dubh Buí". celticlyricscorner.net. January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "'Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá". celticlyricscorner.net. January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  8. ^ "An Mhaighdean Mhara". celticlyricscorner.net. January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 

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