Monday 23 September 2019

Dromiskin fiddle player Roisin launches album

Roisin Ward Morrow is releasing a new album
Roisin Ward Morrow is releasing a new album

Dromiskin fiddle player Roisin Ward Morrow is set to launch her debut album, 'By the Light of the Moon' during the Fleadh tomorrow (Wednesday, 14th) at 8pm, in St. Augustine's Church, Drogheda.

The launch night, entitled Good Thyme by the Church, will see Roisin playing a number of tunes which feature on the album, after which the a critically acclaimed singer, Daoirí Farrell, will take to the stage.

Recorded back in April with Jiggery Pokery Productions, the album is the culmination of a project which has been a number of years in the making. It features a collection of slow airs, some traditional and some composed by Roisin, and arrangements by Drogheda composer Breifne Holohan, who plays the guitar, keyboards and piano.

Roisin started playing the fiddle with the well known fiddle teacher Noreen McManus when she was just six years of age. She also studied with Catherine Dooley, Odhrán Ó Casaide and the Vanbrugh Quartet.

She has competed in Fleadhanna, winning the senior fiddle slow airs at the Leinster Fleadh in 2016 and was a member of the world famous Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland for a number of years, performing in Rome, Shanghai, Carnegie Hall - New York, The Royal Albert Hall - London and The White House for President Obama

Following her passion for music, she studied at the DIT Dublin Conservatory of Music and Drama, graduating with a BMus (Hons) in 2017.

Roisin has worked with leading conductors including Gearoid Grant, David Brophy, Eimear Noone and Greg Beardsell. She has performed extensively in venues including Dublin Castle, Dublin City Hall, The National Concert Hall and The Grand Opera House, Belfast.

She has also touring internationally in The Netherlands with Belfast tenor Peter Corry.

Roisin featured on RTE on St. Patrick's Day this year, performing in 'Celebrate St. Patrick' recorded in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh.

She is well known locally as one of the directors of the Oriel Traditional Orchestra and as a teacher with Grow Music in An Tain Arts Centre.

Roisin explained that she was in the final year of her studies when she began thinking about recording an album and she is delighted with the result.

'I'm getting very good feedback, especially for my own compositions, which is great as I was a bit nervous about putting them out there.'

She said she is really looking forward to launching the album at the Fleadh. 'I was at it for four days last year, before I had to leave as I was playing in Norway. It was brilliant and it will be great to get to the whole festival this year.'

Tickets for the launch are €10 and can be bought on 'By the Light of the Moon' will be available from from August 14.

The Argus