CARRICKMORE will come alive with the sound of trad music this weekend when a host of local musicians will join native accordion player Hugh Grogan for the launch of his new album.
‘Around the Rock’ features an array of talented traditional instrumentalists, with all proceeds going to local cancer charities. Many of the players will converge on The Charm Inn on Carrickmore’s Main Street from 8.30pm on Saturday night for the official album launch.
Although based in Meath for over two decades, Hugh’s heart and soul very much remains part of his native town. The brother of the late traditional music stalwart Paddy, Hugh grew up in a musical household, and developed his talent through decades of session playing.
The Grogan family and local musicians are at the heart of his new recording, with daughters Anne-Marie and Siobhan instrumental in encouraging the project.
“Anne-Marie plays a lot of music herself and it was her idea really,” said Hugh. “She gave me the push to do it.”
Recorded last year in Omagh with the help of well-known Omagh performer Gareth McGurgan, many of the musicians involved will perform live on Saturday night, including Peter Farrell, Pat McCullagh, Eamonn Donnell, Declan Forde, Paddy Allen and many more.
“I’m very happy with how it turned out,” said Hugh. “It’s music that I’ve been playing for years. Some of it from old musicians at home. There is some newer stuff mixed in.”
While the accordion player has been immersed in the traditional scene his entire life, he has noticed a major surge in interest for the genre of late.
“In the early days the music wasn’t as popular as it is now,” he said. “I don’t think trad music has ever been as popular as it is now.”
A fantastic and fleadh-like atmosphere is expected on Saturday night. All musicians are welcome and encouraged to attend.