Christy Leahy and former North Cregg bandmate Caoimhin Vallely have teamed up once again this time to record a stunning new album of accordion & piano music. The album features much Slianh Luachra music alongside pieces from further afield as well as "A Hymn To St. Finbarr", Christy's vocal debut! The lads will be playing some concerts to promote the new album in the New Year so watchout! Keep an eye to www.christyleahy.com or follow them on Facebook for more details.
Happy New Year - January 2010
The compliments of the New Year season to you all on this cold and frosty beginning to another decade. North Cregg will continue to fly the flag for the County Cork around the world this year and hope to visit some great festivals and venues over the coming 12 months.
2009 was a most exciting year for the band and although the band have cut back somewhat on touring and engagements in recent times, some very memorable times were had by all. Highlights included a first time visit to south Brittany where we got a glimpse of real summer in beautiful Batz-sur-Mer, a return visit for the first time in a while to Wallis' of Midleton to record for TG4's popular TV series, Geantraí and a trip up to Dublin to play at the wonderful Frank Harte festival.
The various members of the band have been keeping busy all the while with Martin Leahy touring extensively with Small Town Talk while spending several weeks at the top of the Irish charts thanks to his appearance on the latest Christy Moore recording, Listen. Christy Leahy has been in the factory grinding away on a new solo recording project while also devising an exciting festival in his new home town of Ballincollig. See www.WinterMusicFestival.ie for more info. 2009 also saw Ciaran take off on a trip to Brazil scouting for some new talent. He intends to return there in 2010 to further his research although he refuses to be drawn on results so far.
Creggie concerts in the pipeline for 2010 include a concert in Dolan's, Limerick on February 24th and a visit to Paris for St. Patrick's Day where the band hope to meet up with Thierry Henry to see if he can turn his hand to helping us celebrate our national feast day - Trapattoni's birthday!
Here's hoping for great things in 2010.
Update for 2009! (July 2009)
Various activities have keep the Creggies busy and far from thoughts of updating this page for the last while! Since we last spoke babies have been born, new cars bought (anyone want to purchase an old VW vento capable of transporting several pianos and 2 drum kits?), Martin has appeared on a Christy Moore album, Ciaran went back on the road with Fiona Kelleher for her album release tour (in the Vento), Liam has guested with the mighty Danu, we've had good weather in Cork and Roy Keane is back in the saddle!
For the remainder this
year, North Cregg will make trips to Brittany and Dublin and will confirm more dates shortly.
The band recently recorded for the Irish language TG4 TV show, Geantraí which is due to be broadcast in time for the Christmas pudding.
The Roseland Barndance wins Best
Vocal/Instrumental Album of the Year in LiveIreland.com Music
Awards (February 2007)
For the second time in the band's history, North Cregg have won Best
Vocal/Instrumental Album of the year at the LiveIreland.com music awards.
Thanks LiveIreland! We're thrilled!
here for details
The Last Days of Summer (September 1st 2007)
During a pretty wet summer here in Ireland, North Cregg
continued to enjoy first class reviews streaming in from the Folk Music
Media all over the world. Some of these have now been posted on the Reviews
page for your perusal. Enjoy!
The band enjoyed some memorable concerts over the summer
taking in some nice trips to The Orkney Islands, Wales and England along
the way as well as Irish concerts in Donegal, Kerry and of course Cork.
Keep an eye to the tourdates section in the near future
when some more dates will be announced.
THE ROSELAND BARNDANCE (February 1st 2007)
North Cregg's fourth and finest album entitled THE ROSELAND BARNDANCE
went on general release on the Greentrax label. The band are exceedingly
proud of this recording as it is the first to be produced (and indeed
partly engineered) by the band. This is an important milestone for the
band and as it also marks 10 years in the life of North Cregg.
The new album sees the band in top form with some top notch
performances and a first class production. It also showcases the two newest
members of the band, Claire-Anne Lynch and Liam Flanagan, who slot into
the instantly recognisable sound of North Cregg with aplomb.
Having steadily etched out their own sound and style over
a decade of playing music, North Cregg continues to contribute fresh sounds
to the world of traditional music. Here's to 10 more great years!
***NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY*** (November 13th 2006)
Sorry folks for the lack of posts in this area for a while
but the band have been locked away in the recording studio for some time
now and can now announce that a star has been born and will be released
on February 1st 2007!!!
The new album (yet to be christened!) will be released worldwide
by Greentrax Recordings and is set to be one of the best Irish music releases
in 2007. More info, pics and album details coming soon... STAY TUNED!
The Low Low Lands of Holland... (February
got off to a flyer for North Cregg with four mighty concerts in The Netherlands.
From the regal surroundings of the Zaantheater and the Zwolle Odeon to
the electric atmosphere in the Fookhook and Sneek, The Creggies felt right
at home with great audiences everywhere. A big thanks to the organisers
one and all who were just brilliant.
North Cregg's great new vocalist, Claire Anne Lynch, took
to her new surroundings like the preverbial duck to water and was a big
hit everywhere we went. Not even a sign of a nerve as she graced the stage
alongside famed and espoused North Cregg veterans!
We played three shows with the wonderful group Carmina and met lots of
other great bands along the way too. Thanks to all for a mighty time!
...and Belgium's best kept secret... (February
So after four days trekking around the Lowlands, we hit
the road south to Ingelmunster in Belgium to play one show at Cafe De
Fagot. We had heard many rumours about this little music venue but nothing
could have prepared us for the great surprise in store.
From the moment we walked in the door, Jean Pierre and his beautiful daughters
treated us like lords with food and wine aplenty. The history of great
music in this house is astounding and it bore more than a little resemblance
to some of favourite music venues like McCarthy's in Baltimore or The
Lobby in Cork.
We're looking forward to heading back there for the Labadoux Festival
in May. Until then...
Limerick here we come... (February 23rd 2006)
great bar in Limerick will be North Cregg's next 2006 Irish appearance
- the date has been set for Thursday April 20th 2006. The wonderful upstairs
venue is one of the finest in the country and should make for a great
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