2022 Release on Gael Linn Records
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This new album finds Téada (pronounced TAY-dah) in an optimistic mood. The band is in fierce form on their customary re-energizing of rare tunes from the tradition, paying tribute to their musical heroes. They also shine a light on contemporary Irish composers, with a chance Dingle pub session with The Dubliners legend John Sheahan bringing his composition ‘Among Friends’ to the album. The band were so taken with the tune that they spent the following morning working out an arrangement, taking a forced break from the studio due to a power cut!
John C Reilly (currently starring in HBO's Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty) came to the album after striking up a friendship with Séamus Begley in 2019, while visiting Ireland to promote his Stan & Ollie movie. "They hit it off inspired by their mutual love of Irish songs and County Kerry!” says Téada fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada. Later that year, John C joined Séamus and Oisín on stage in Los Angeles and a collaboration idea was born. Pandemic restrictions made the recording process tricky, but the stars aligned when John C. made it into a Hollywood studio to record the song "Eileen Óg" by Irishman Percy French (1854-1920).