Brendan Quinn to launch new album in the Balor

IRISH folk legend Brendan Quinn will launch his new album ‘Hubbin’ It’ in the Balor Arts Centre on September 22.

The collection was recorded in Billy Robinson’s studio in Ramelton and features a string of top musicians. Among them are ex-Altan members Dermot Byrne and Ciarán Tourish alongside Pat Crowley (keys), Nicky Scott (bass), Kevin Malone (drums), Jimmy Smith (guitar) and Peadar Coll (guitar).

“We had this idea of recording the album almost live,” said Brendan who has called Fanad home for the past eight years.


“Most records these are days are made by stacking up where you do your part then you send it digitally to a drummer who does their part. From there you might send it to an accordion player and so on.

“We wanted to do it live so we all went into the recording studio at the one time. Obviously you need a fairly substantial studio and Billy Robinson’s place was ideal. That’s how we did it, we recorded eleven tracks in two days.”

Hubbin’ It marks a half century in music for the man from Magherafelt.

Percy Robinson (steel), Sean McCarron (sax) and Jonathan Smeaton (backing vocals) added the extra touches to the album of western swing and country music.

“Some of the songs I’ve been performing for years but never actually recorded them,” said the musician.

Joining Brendan in the Balor, Ballybofey, on Thursday September 22 will be the same band he recorded the album with as well as two local singer/songwriters – Jody Gallagher and Dean Maywood.

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