Antoni O’Breskey – Blessed Sadness (2021)

Posted by Green on October 13, 2021as


Blessed Sadness is the new album by composer and performer Antoni O’Breskey released on the 14th of July 2021. Conceived at the beginning of the first lockdown in 2020, the album was recorded between Italy and Ireland during last summer, in collaboration with an extensive ensemble of musicians, including Ultan O’Brien (Slow Moving Clouds), Davide Viterbo (Distant City), Consuelo Nerea Breschi (Varo), Paddy Cummins (Skipper’s Alley), Leonora Lyne and many more. The Album comprises a journey between new compositions, such as 2020 Rhapsody, Cloudburst, Blessed Sadness, Waltz to Forgotten Times, Baigali Khan and Unfolding Lullaby, one remixed version of Antoni O’s past compositions: Dancing on the Green (1982) with a young Steve Cooney on didgeridoo, two traditional songs newly arranged, Eighteen Years Old and Barbara Allen as well as two traditional instrumentals, The Swallow’s Tail and Doctor O’Neill’s. ” While a combination of influences presents a unique and considered sound, O’Breskey’s piano interplay is quite breathtaking, drawing as much from jazz as he does Irish traditional music; his musical approach is quite mesmerising.” Alex Gallagher, Folk Radio UK

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