Blackbird MUSIC

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Crannog

Crannog is an accordion based quartet,

featuring Jim McVeigh, on lead accordion, one of Irelands best musicians, who has played with Van Morrison, Ann Breen, Dominic Kirwan,among others;

Ronnie Mack, on his specially built Brandoni accordion, who is not only a fine exponent of the instrument but a composer and conductor as well.

The rhythm section is supplied by Ivan on keyboards and a fabulous drummer, Jimmy Dunn, who, coming from a pipe band background, is the ideal person for a group like this.

The group specialises in good quality Irish/Scottish traditional music, but such is the versatility of the musicians, that a little Jazz, Rock and Roll and the odd pop tune may make a surprise appearance.

The band can be augmented by the addition of Ivan's wife Hillary, who as well as being a fine classically trained singer, can work wonders on folk music, particularly the songs of Robbie Burns and Ivan's song cycle on the poetry of Moira O'Neil.

"Accordion to Ronnie Mack" is the title of Ronnie's new CD, in the final stages of mixing at the moment and which will be available before Christmas. The music is an eclectic mix, offering Scottish Marches and Reels, Irish Hornpipes and folk Tunes, Jazz, French Musette, and three of Ronnie's compositions including the outstanding "Flowers for Belfast", originally written as the theme music for a play, but which has now evolved into a most moving and hopeful commentary on Belfast at the Height of the Troubles.

 

click to stop music ~ The background music to this page features Ronnie on his 2 row Mengascini accordion playing "La Vraie Valse Musette"

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