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"Irish Music Magazine, November 2007"

Although Paddy’s splendid playing and deep immersion in the tradition form the sturdy backbone of Chulrua, Patrick Ourceau contributes soulful, stylish fiddling, and Pat Egan’s excellent guitar accompaniment capably supports their melodies... The pace of the playing is relaxed enough to underscore the trio’s masterful variations and ornamentations, and serves as a graceful reminder that we often move too fast to appreciate the measured, cyclic passage of time. In its recalling of past masters, in its thoughtful and well-crafted performances, this recording is at once a wakeup call and a reminder of the things that matter in Irish traditional music. - Sally K. Sommers Smith

"The Irish Edition, October 2007 (Philadelphia PA)"

You would think that there might be a few problems for a trio spread out between the northern Mid-West and the East Coast. But the miles don’t seem to make much of a difference for Paddy O’Brien, Pat Egan and Patrick Ourceau. Students of the music, masters of their instruments, these three fit together with a tightness and perfection to be envied. Their rich, clear playing is precise as O’Brien’s accordion and Ourceau’s fiddling share the melodies with a lilting warmth and Egan’s inventive accompaniment on guitar provides the strong base from which they build the tunes. And what material they choose! Here are tunes which may be familiar, but their versions are always a little different, having been collected over the years directly or through friends from such seminal musicians as Martin Mulvihill, Jack Coen and Micho Russell among others. Enjoy the excellent liner notes for the details. Add to this four songs (two of which must surely find their way into my repertoire before too long!) by Egan. He chooses material that perfectly suit his warm baritone and you soon find yourself enveloped in his stories. Here is nearly an hour of traditional Irish music at its best, well worth listening to. - Jamie O’Brien

"The Irish Times/THE TICKET, August 17, 2007"

With tunes drawn largely from east and west Clare and from neighbouring north Tipperary, there's little to fault in Chulrua's tight-fisted delivery, and much to be admired in their choice of a robust version of the long-labouring jig, "The Gander At The Pratie Hole," borrowed from charismatic fiddler Tommy Potts. At times, Egan commits the guitarist's cardinal sin of overzealous decoration, but Ourceau's belly-deep tone on "The Singing Kettle" bespeaks of a musician with a gloriously original voice. - Siobhan Long

"The Boston Irish Reporter, Vol. 18, No. 7, July 2007"

The Singing Kettle is Chulrua’s third album, and features beautiful and instinctive duo work on a rake of traditional tunes. Their playing together is stellar; it’s like listening to a conversation between old friends, backed throughout by the no-nonsense rhythm guitar of Pat Egan. - Susan Gedutis Lindsay


"The Singing Kettle" Chulrua - Paddy O'Brien, Patrick Ourceau, Pat Egan (2006)
"Down the Back Lane" Chulrua - Paddy O'Brien, Tim Britton, Pat Egan (2003)
"Barefoot on the Altar" Chulrua - Paddy O'Brien, Tim Britton, Pat Egan (2000)



Our name, Chulrua (pronounced cool-ROO-ah), translates from the Irish as "red back," and was the name and distinguishing feature of the favorite wolfhound belonging to ancient Irish hero Fionn MacCumhaill. It is also the name of an internationally acclaimed trio of some of the most respected and unique exponents of Irish traditional music.

Button accordion icon Paddy O'Brien has amassed a veritable hoard of rare versions of tunes and stories gleaned from more than forty years of patiently seeking out and spending time with older musicians throughout Ireland. A native of County Offaly in the Midlands of Ireland, Paddy is is revered by Irish music aficionados worldwide. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant to record 500 dance tunes (a small fraction of his repertoire), which he has put together in a compilation known as the Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection.

Also an avid student of the old masters, Patrick Ourceau is a virtuoso on the fiddle, and a particular specialist in the style and repertoire of Clare and East Galway. Originally from France, he has toured extensively in Europe and North America, and taught at many respected Irish traditional music schools.

For twenty years, Tipperary man Pat Egan has developed his own powerfully emotive style of guitar accompaniment and vocal delivery. He has chosen to feather his nest with some wonderful but little-known songs, old and new, that fit into both traditional and contemporary contexts.