Online Shop - Music Tracks
This shop has been established to make available for sale a collection of unique recordings featuring a variety of ancient and other musical instruments. Ancient Music Ireland was founded in 1987 following initial research into Irish Bronze Age horns. In the intervening years as International interest in music archaeology increased, the work was expanded to include instruments from the Stone Age, the Iron Age and the Early Medieval period. Much information has been gained through the reproduction of complete originals, materials used, dimensions, manufacturing and most importantly, how they may be played. Through the use of surviving traditional playing methods and painstaking exploration, many surprising and completely unexpected discoveries have been made which dramatically alter our perception of what music was like and what part it played in ancient societies.
This shop is a music library of rare recordings which were played, made and released from 1989 until the present day. Reproductions of ancient instruments were made, explored and played solo, in multiples or with combinations of more modern examples. In 1992 an exciting collaboration began following a visit to Australia by Simon and Maria O\'Dwyer (founders of Ancient Music Ireland) which shared Irish horns and bodhráns on one side with Australian didgeridoo (yadaki) and clap sticks on the other. This unique band became known as \'Reconciliation\', so called after the name of the first composition played together. The didgeridoo players, Phil Conyngham (white Australian) and Alan Dargin (Aboriginal) were exploring a new music in Australia through the complexity and dexterity of their didgeridoo styles and playing. This injected a tremendous energy which was perfectly complimented by the percussive aspects of the Irish drum and horns. The band quickly developed a driving original style of rich and rhythmic music. A number of albums were recorded over the intervening years and the three surviving members continue to play and make new compositions and recordings together.
During this time more specific recording work was on-going. An extremely rare, \'once off’ exploration of recordings featuring original Bronze Age horns was permitted by The National Museum of Ireland in 1994. Musical collaboration has been actively researched into old surviving musical traditions such as Irish, Scottish, African, Aboriginal Australian and others. Ancient horns are being increasingly incorporated as a part of contemporary classical composition. Compositions have also been influenced by the recent evolvement of dance and club rhythms to which many of the ancient instruments lend themselves in a surprisingly effective way.
Note: We in Ancient Music Ireland personally guarantee that all the recordings released on our audio shop are recorded, mixed, mastered and post mastered to the highest possible quality. The payment of every track or tracks what are downloaded in effect becomes a contribution to the on-going research and exploration of the ancient musical instruments and traditions of the World. For this reason may we most respectfully request that you do not copy, reproduce for sale or employ for any unauthorised reasons the recordings on this website.
The recordings included in the first releases into the audio shop of Ancient Music Ireland are especially dedicated to the memory of Alan Dargin, the old dog from the black river. Alan’s tremendous sense of place in the World as a didgeridoo player and his love of Irish bronze horns, especially the dord ard gave an extraordinary injection into the fledgling exploration that had begun into ancient instruments. Thus, he made a huge contribution to the re-awakening of European bronze horns for which he will always be remembered and honoured as much as for his wonderful wit and humour.