Island Eddy
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Island Eddy


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"Island Eddy"


‘Island Eddy is a smart, bright, soulful record oozing with both proverbial and unexpected delights’.
Gerry Quin. Irish Examiner.

‘Island Eddy will now be known as an exemplary contemporary band as well as a small island off Kinvara Bay. With their powerfully distinctive and solid debut album, Island Eddy are surely poised for making great strides going forward’.
John O’Regan. Irish Music Magazine.

‘They have got a lot going for them. Larrissey and Duke make a strong melodic pair on the tunes’

‘McKee is a fine writer of heartfelt songs about his boyhood in Cookstown, Co Tyrone with Larrissey’s viola adding a gorgeous low timbre to the mix’.
Sarah McQuaid. Hot Press

‘On their self-titled debut recording, Island Eddy impressively introduce themselves as a special band. The quartet is a welcome addition to the growing ranks of superior traditional groups coming out of Ireland in recent years’.
Earle Hitchner. Irish Echo, NY.

- Album reviews Jan 08


Self Titled debut album released December 2007



A newly formed band but no strangers to the business, Island Eddy's line up brings together the contemporary sound of Jim McKee's vocals and the traditional expertise of Brendan Larrissey (fiddle), Brian Duke (flute), Martin Gavin (bodhran) and Aisling Fitzpatrick (cello).

'On their self-titled debut recording, Island Eddy impressively introduce themselves as a special band. The quartet is a welcome addition to the growing ranks of superior traditional groups coming out of Ireland in recent years.' Earle Hitchner. Irish Echo, New York.

Island Eddy was formed after a gig one night in Kinvara Community Hall by friends Brendan Larrissey, Jim McKee and Martin Gavin. The night went really well, and as Brendan and Jim were living in the area and kept meeting up, they sat down and decided that it would be a good idea to form a band that would be based locally in Kinvara. They were very interested in the idea of recording original songs and tunes.

Brendan and Brian Duke had already enjoyed playing many a tune in Ballaghadereen and Carrick-on-Shannon and, indeed, in Galway city. They found that the combination of fiddle and flute proved to be second to none.

Brendan and Martin have been friends for years and Martin’s sensitive touch was just what was required to complete the line-up of the newly-founded Island Eddy. Between Jim’s original songs and new tunes from Brendan and Brian, Island Eddy would like to build on the recording and performing of original pieces from Irish composers.

Brendan Larrissey comes from Dundalk, County Louth, and he has been living in Galway for nearly twenty years. In the late 1970s and early 1980s traditional Irish music flourished in Dundalk and Brendan enjoyed honing his musical skills in many sessions and fleadhs during that time.

In 1985 Brendan joined his first band, Gael Force, which was based in Galway. During the two following years, 1986 and 1987, he played with Dolores Keane and John Faulkner, touring Europe and Ireland, and he also recorded with Dolores and her two aunts, Rita and Sara.

In 1987 Brendan won the Senior Fiddle Championship and the following year he decided to become a full-time musician. In 1988 Brendan was a founding member of the award-winning band Arcady, which led to him touring worldwide – in the USA, Canada, Europe, Hong Kong and, of course, at home in Ireland.

He was also involved in the albums A Woman’s Heart and Trad at Heart, to name but a few. Since then he has recorded two solo fiddle albums, A Flick of the Wrist and Up the Moy Road. He has been involved in running the first International Fiddle Festival in Ireland, runs his own fiddle school in Galway and has taught many All-Ireland champions to date. Brendan lives in Kinvara with his wife Helen and their four children, Clara, Hannah, Nessa and Conall.

Jim McKee is an artist and singer–songwriter who hails originally from Cookstown, County Tyrone; he has played guitar with many traditional bands. He has toured from time to time in Europe and America during the last ten years.

Jim was involved with the award-winning White Hare Band, based in Tyrone, with P. J. MacDonald, who is a virtuoso whistle player and singer and also with Brendan Henry, a fiddle player. The White Hare Band have done various BBC TV and radio recordings and have won the Danny Kyle Celtic Connections award. Two of Jim’s original songs were used as soundtracks for two film productions. In recent times he has toured with Bridgestreet, a Galway-based band.

Jim is based in Bell Harbour in the Burren area of north Clare in the west of Ireland. He has written three new songs for this album that are based on his past experiences in the North of Ireland. Jim is also about to release his first solo album, Just a Piece of, which features Cathal Hayden from Four Men and a Dog, and Brendan O’Regan, who helped to produce the album. It also features string arrangements by Gary O’Briain. Details can be found on his website:

Brian Duke comes from County Roscommon, which is widely recognised as being the home of flute playing, and indeed Brian is one of the finest exponents of this flute-playing heritage. He has played at venues across the world and has recorded on many albums over the years.

Brian has played with various groups over the years, most notably the band Cian. Cian released two superb albums in the 1990s, Three Shouts from a Hill and The Rolling Wave. He can also be heard on the flute recording Flute Players of Roscommon.

Brian’s style has been influenced by the playing of Matt Molloy and the discerning ear can hear this in his playing. He possesses his own unique style of playing, however, and displays a wonderful interpretation of music old and new.

Martin Gavin has a great love of east Galway music, and had the great pleasure of playing in sessions with Paddy Kelly, Paddy Carty and Jenny Cambell, and he still me