“This is a fully authentic representation of the tradition that could just as easily have come from Co. Clare or Sligo except that it’s all the way from Asheville, North Carolina. This bodes well for the future of Irish music”. – Martin Hayes
“Roots is a fiddle album that features the fiddler in full flight and at complete ease with the music. The perfect balance ... resulting in a magnificent album.” – Kevin Crawford (Lúnasa)
“Finn Magill’s new album shows a great depth and understanding of traditional Irish music... a timeless album of Irish fiddle music.” – Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan)
Andrew Finn Magill grew up immersed in music, spending every summer at the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops learning fiddle from some of the finest folk musicians in the world. By age 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland Championships and he is equally proficient in several American folk idioms such as old-time and bluegrass. He has toured France with the popular Celtic music & dance revue, Celtic Dances, under the musical direction of Liz Knowles & Kieran O’Hare, and produced a Fulbright-MtvU- funded concept album, Mau a Malawi, about those affected by AIDS with Malawian Afro-vibes artist Peter Mawanga.
Roots is the first disc in a concept album series which charts Magill’s musical progression in Irish music, featuring the tunes and players that defined his earliest years playing the fiddle: John Doyle, Cillian Vallely (Lúnasa), Sean Earnest (The Yanks), Duncan Wickel and Vincent Fogarty (The Red Wellies). Recorded in three studios on two continents, the music is ‘pure drop’ Irish with sparse instrumentation and innovative arrangements.
From the lively set of reels that opens the album, the listener is treated to brilliant and respectful renditions of much-loved jigs, hornpipes & reels, as well as some rarely-heard gems such as a beautiful setting of the set dance, “The Blackbird” the slow air, “Roisin Dubh,” and Carolan’s “Maurice O’Connor’s Third Air.” The album ends with a rolling, powerhouse set of reels sure to get any Irish music fan’s blood pumping.