STANDING room only, but it suited the fans as local musician Colm Phelan launched his debut album ‘Full Circle’ recently in Kavanaghs in Portlaoise.
The bodhran player was joined on stage by several guest musicians and the night was celebratory, showcasing the talents of these accomplished musicians.
Colm said the title reflects his musical journey which began with Fleadh Ceoil before exploring other genres and ultimately favoring trad.
“There’s nothing like our own Irish music to lift the spirits” said Colm. For those who haven’t heard it, this is a high quality recording of traditional music arranged by Colm who accompanies all tracks, supporting but not dominating. It’s the style Colm espouses at his master classes which has earned him a loyal following not only at home but in Europe and America.
One of the highlights is the accompaniment of a Scots Gaelic vocal treat sung by Sarah Jane Murphy who traveled from Claremorris to celebrate the launch. The virtuoso style of flute and accordion player Stephen Doherty, the masterful strumming of guitarist Seamie O’Dowd and the vibrancy of his fellow band members in Goitse combine with Colm to make this a very polished presentation, another milestone in a promising musical career.
The CD which was made with support from Laois Partnership Ltd, is distributed by Claddagh Records and available on line from www.bodhranphelan.com.