Concert & Album Launch - Good Morning To Your Nightcap


This album of traditional Irish music is a collaboration of four northern musicians from counties Antrim, Derry and Tyrone.  They played in music sessions together around Belfast for many years and were all living within a few streets of each other when this recording was envisaged.  Desy and Ruadhrai performed several concerts with guitar and banjo player, Stevie Dunne, around 2007 and contemplated recording a CD.  However, this did not come to fruition at the time due to other commitments.  Eventually the opportunity for this recording presented itself through a mentoring scheme run by 'Arts for All' in North Belfast giving local musicians a chance to work with established Artists.  Through this scheme they worked with their good friend, musician, composer, sound engineer and producer, Donal O'Connor, originally from Ravensdale, Co. Louth and now living in Belfast.  After initial discussions with Donal they decided to record some material to see where it would lead to which resulted in the creation of the album. 

Desy Adams (flute) was born and bred in Belfast, Co Antrim and is a fine exponent of the Northern style of flute playing.  Desy started playing tin whistle in the 1980s before moving onto the flute.  He spent time living in Denmark and Galway before returning to Belfast in the early 2000s.  Desy played with traditional group Na Dorsa with whom he recorded a CD in the late 1990s and has also featured on the Wooden Flute Obsession CD. Desy has toured and played at many festivals throughout Europe and America.


Ruadhrai O’Kane (fiddle) comes from just outside Dungiven, Co Derry and has lived in Belfast since going to university in 1995.  Ruadhrai played fiddle with traditional Irish music group Óige for around 10 years up to 2001. In this time the band produced 3 albums together and toured extensively through Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond.  More recently Ruadhrai has taught fiddle for BelfastTrad and played at several European festivals where he has also given workshops.


Ryan O'Donnell (banjo / bouzouki / guitar) hails from Omagh, Co Tyrone and moved to Belfast to study at University in 2002.  Ryan has played with the band Pigeon Top and played on several solo CDs with artists including Paul McGlinchey, Stevie Dunne, Michael McCague and Shane McAleer.  Ryan performs at many festivals in the traditional music calendar and has performed in many countries across Europe and the USA.


Paul Maguire (bodhran) is a Belfast native who is well known within traditional music circles.  Now retired, Paul spent several years in his youth traveling the high seas exploring far away lands which developed his appreciation for music and culture.  Paul has played the bodhran for over 30 years and is a veteran of many fleadhs and festivals.  Paul has a very distinctive, unique playing style and has developed an equally unique knack for staying up late so he doesn't miss a trick!