recorded a number of awarded winning CDs as well as featuring as guest artist
on many additional recordings. His solo recordings 'A Piper's Dream' launched
in 2000 and 'Fort of the Jewels' the stunning follow-up in 2004 has enabled Brian
to takes his place along side the great Uilleann pipers of the tradition
Leitrim's Hidden Treasure
His earlier recording with fellow McNamara family
members 'Leitrim's Hidden Treasure' is regarded as a milestone recording having
been voted Best Traditional Newcomer in 1998 after its launch in that same year
by a reader's pole in Irish Music Magazine. It also featured in the Top-4 recordings
in the 1998 Best of the Year Annual Reviews of the USA publication 'The Irish
Echo' and 'The Irish Voice'.
Brian's solo recording 'A Piper's Dream' has
likewise featured in the 'Best of the Year Annual Reviews' and his most recent
recording 'Fort of the Jewels' has simply been referred to as 'Greatness'. Brian
has also notably produced all three of these recordings establishing himself firmly
as a successful producer.
What they have said
about 'Fort of the Jewels'
"anything you might say is made
ludicrous by the presence of greatness. Just listen."
John Dally, The
Piper's Review, (Iris na bPiobairì), Autumn, 2004
conductor of this happy combination of wind and reed"
Pat Ahern, Irish
Examiner, July 15th 2004.
"the playing is rich and intoxicating.
Highlights? Too many to list. "
Alex Monaghan, The Living Tradition
& Irish Music Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2004
"a thrilling listening
Philippe Varlet, Hard-to-find imported Irish CDs
What they have said about 'A Piper's Dream'
is classic piping"
Don Meade, BEST OF 2000 - IRISH VOICE, Dec. 2000.
thoroughly excellent CD - contending for my 'Irish music record of the year'";
Rod Stradling, Musical Traditions, July 30th 2000
treat of brilliant piping - a musician of extraordinary talent, with a perfect
understanding of the grace and elegance of the music"
Paddy Ryan, Oifigeach
What they said about
Leitrim's Hidden Treasure
"VOTED BEST TRADITIONAL NEWCOMER
Readers Poll, Irish Music Magazine, 1998.
should be illegal for any family to have so much musical talent as the McNamaras
- Few albums in recent years have made the sort of immediate impact that this
one has on the international community of Irish traditional music."
Hitchner, Irish Echo. 'Top ten recordings of traditional music over the pastyear
"Rarely if ever has a self-produced "vanity" recording
risen to such levels of musical accomplishment and scholarly documentation. This
is one of the best Irish traditional music recordings of recent years"
Don Meade, Irish Voice, 'Review of the Year 1998'.
awarded the arrival of Leitrim's Hidden Treasure in Ireland last year was something
akin to a second coming. A definite contender for album of the year don't miss
John O'Regan, Fook Roots
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