01 Ar Aghaidh (air ayge) 1:33 min – version 1
One the 29th of January 1998 Simon O’Dwyer travelled to Prestwick Airport outside Glasgow, Scotland to take possession of the first reproduction trumpa créda (Loughnashade trumpet) for Ancient Music Ireland, made by John Creed. After four months playing and learning the instrument, Ancient Music Ireland was invited to launch the trumpa on the famous live Irish television show, ‘The Late Late Show’. Two days before the programme, a demo was requested by the show’s producer. To this end the trumpa was recorded accompanied by a dord íseal, bodhrán and Indian parade frame drum. The tune gives a flavour of how an army may have sounded marching towards their enemy to do battle in the time of Cú Chulainn. The title ‘Ar Aghaidh’ is Irish Gaelic for ‘at you’ or ‘at your face’.
Maria Cullen O’Dwyer – bodhrán, Indian parade drum
Simon O’Dwyer – trumpa créda, dord íseal
Rod Callan – engineering and mastering. Recorded at ‘The Works Studio’ Dublin, May 1998