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07 Solas Nua/Dons (new light) 5:25 min – track sample


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This remarkable set of two tunes begins with a powerful solo performance on a dord ard by Phil Conyngham. The lively driving rhythm and rapidly changing and multiple tones are drawn from his experiences as a master didgeridoo player in Australia. As ‘Solas Nua’ comes to its perfect end the dord ard is joined by two more dord ards, a dord íseal, an adharc and a crotal. The tune is a remembrance and celebration for Don Wherry. Don had initially founded the Sound Symposium with his wife Kathy and was largely responsible for its growth and success as a worldwide musical event. Reconciliation had met Don in 1994 but sadly he had died before the festival of 2002.

Phil Conyngham – dord ard
John Purser – dord ard
Maria Cullen O’Dwyer – dord ard
Simon O’Dwyer – adharc, dord íseal
Recorded at St. John’s, Newfoundland
Rod Callan – mastering, post mastering at ‘The Works’ studio, Dublin, Ireland, May 2002

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