Magic – a collection of works for solo piano

Fiona Linnane - Magic
Fiona Linnane – Magic

I am thrilled that my first album – Magic – a collection of works for solo piano – was finally released last month.   The album features work from my catalogue as far back as 2007 (the title track which, admittedly, had to be reworked somewhat to fit in with the rest of the album) and some new pieces which the pianist, Aoife Chawke, had to drag out of me within weeks of going into the studio to record.

The whole process was, of course, a learning experience and working with Aoife, Jim Armour from Callan Studios, Claire O’Rorke photography and Dutec printers was an absolute pleasure.  It was one of the easiest and best humoured project I’ve ever done.  And the result?  An album I am truly proud of – we released as a CD, download and a book of sheet music and all are available to buy online or in music shops in Limerick.

The launch in Rathkeale Arts Centre was a bundle of laughs with Steve Spade performing close up magic while guests sipped champagne and Aoife showing off both her pianistic talent and her cake baking skills.  We were indebted (once again) to our friends and family who helped with the set-up, the hosting and the clean-up (the friends and family always get the really glamorous jobs).  To add to the excitement LyricFM (the Irish classical station) gave one of the pieces a spin the same afternoon.

So spread the word – if you have the album perhaps submit a review on www.cdbaby.com or as a comment here.  If you haven’t bought a copy yet pop over to iTunes or CDBaby to download.  Alternatively you can message me directly to order the book or a CD.

 

Here’s to the next one!

Aoife Chawke - cake baker and pianist extraordinaire at the launch of Magic
Aoife Chawke – cake baker and pianist extraordinaire at the launch of Magic

 

Opera at Castalia 2014

This July sees the European premiere of my short opera Bay of Fundy at Opera at Castalia in Kilkenny on Saturday 12th July.  Also on the programme are Nancy van de Vate’s In the Shadow of the Glen and Ralph Vaughan Williams Riders to the Sea.  The following day, the 13th, at 4pm there is a lovely recital featuring Songs from Kate O’Brien  – my song cycle with text by Mary Coll –  and some pieces from my piano album Magic.

I loved this little festival last year, my good friend contralto Sarah Ellen Murphy was performing the role of Flora in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium.  We popped along with our picnic baskets and bottles of sparkly somethings to enjoy the beautiful setting and inspiring music.  I am very excited about this year!Castalia 2014

Artist in Primary Schools Scheme 2014

BoruFM

Every year I like to participate in an Artist in Schools Scheme.  These projects are supported by local arts offices around the country to send artists into the madness and mayhem of the primary schools classroom.  this year I was working on the Brian Ború celebrations with North Tipperary and Clare Arts Offices.
With Clonlara NS I produced a series of radio dramas depicting scenes from Ború’s life.  It was brilliant fun and really encapsulated what the artists in schools schemes are all about.  You can listen to the pieces here:
BorúFM on soundcloud