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Brian has 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

A Piper's Dream
Fort of the Jewels

Leitrim's Hidden Treasure

Leitrim's Hidden Treasure by the McNamara Family

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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

"a master 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 experience"
Philippe Varlet, Hard-to-find imported Irish CDs

What they have said about 'A Piper's Dream'
"This is classic piping"
Don Meade, BEST OF 2000 - IRISH VOICE, Dec. 2000.

"A thoroughly excellent CD - contending for my 'Irish music record of the year'";
Rod Stradling, Musical Traditions, July 30th 2000

"A rare treat of brilliant piping - a musician of extraordinary talent, with a perfect understanding of the grace and elegance of the music"
Paddy Ryan, Oifigeach Ceoil, CCÉ.

What they said about Leitrim's Hidden Treasure
Readers Poll, Irish Music Magazine, 1998.

"It 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."
Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo. 'Top ten recordings of traditional music over the pastyear (1998)

"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'.

"The reaction 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 it."
John O'Regan, Fook Roots

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