I composed the music for this album when my two daughters were very young and fascinated with all things around them such as shadows, butterflies, snow, mist, and lots of other stuff in nature. The tracks “Bow By Blow” & “A House Once Proud” feature my late Father Rowland Blennerhassett on Treble Recorder.
The album cover is by Emily Blennerhassett
I hope you like this remastered version of the 2008 album
released December 14, 2021
James Blennerhassett-Basses, Keyboards, Sampling, Recorders Rowland Blennerhassett-Recorders Richie Buckley-Soprano Saxophone Niamh Crowley-Violin Andreja Malîr-Concert Harp Johnny Scott-Guitar Liam Bradley-Drums & Percussion Tom Jameson-Drums & Percussion Séamus Brett-Piano Ted Ponsonby-Dobro & Guitar Gerry O’Donnell-Flute Mairtín O’Connor-Accordeon
I am a session bassist and contemporary composer based in Ireland, most of my studio work these days is done from my own studio via Dropbox etc. I am also a member of Derek Ryan's touring band.
I play Double bass and Bass guitar and most recently a derivative of the Chapman Stick, the NS Stick and several other instruments when I must :-)
I have two solo instrumental albums on release called "End of a longer day" and "A small shadow" and my sister Susan and I are currently writing and recording a series of Audiodramas/Books called the The Todalie Stories, a series for kids of all ages including adults that refuse to grow up. comprising Text, Audio & Illustrations (by Vitya Malirsh), inspired by special people, the unseen little folk, and other fantastic creatures that inhabit the woods, streams and lakes on this island .
The stories explore the concept of triumph over adversity and illustrate the importance of inclusiveness, the powerful impact of community spirit, bringing together disparate groups to achieve a common goal in a respectful inclusive space.
The first story (abridged) is available as a Podcast called The Todalie Stories on all good podcast providers and on www.todalie.com.
During lockdown I completed a course in Music Composition for Games in Pulse and Griffith College Dublin, and am currently involved in several exciting writing projects so watch this space!
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