Rosie Mackenzie Releases New Album “Atlantic”
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On Thursday, October 6th, at 7:00pm, The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse’s An Seanchai Room in Halifax will play host to the highly-anticipated launch of Cape Breton fiddler Rosie Mackenzie’s latest album, Atlantic. Recorded in her current home of Dingle, Ireland, with guitarist Matt Griffin, Atlantic is a collection of original compositions that pays tribute to MacKenzie’s Cape Breton roots while also highlighting how much the Atlantic Ocean has shaped her life. For more information, check out the facebook page for the free event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/534725980062711/
Additionally, Rosie and Matt Griffin will be performing on Tuesday October 11th, at 7:30pm, The Port Morien Legion/Community Centre in Port Morien as part of Cow Bay Ceilidh, a celebration of local music as part of the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton.. There will also be a free concert two days earlier on Friday, October 9th, at 5:30pm, at the Bras d'Or Yacht Club in Baddeck.
For most of her life, Rosie Mackenzie has been playing the fiddle professionally. She first broke into the music world at age 11 by being a member of the award-winning Celtic group The Cottars, recording three full-length albums and sharing the stage with such musical legends as The Chieftains, Elvis Costello, Natalie MacMaster, and tenor John McDermott. In 2010, Rosie went on to record her first solo album “The MacKenzie Project” produced by Dingle guitarist, Donogh Hennessy and featuring the talents of vocalist Pauline Scanlon.
Since then, Mackenzie has been busy over the years, teaching music and, for the past three years, working on sailboats at sea, crossing the Atlantic Ocean twice. During that particular time, Rosie was inspired during the quiet moments of her voyages to write melodies for a new album. While halfway across the ocean, Rosie reached out to guitarist Matt Griffin from Dingle, Ireland to record an album. Griffin, who studied Irish Music Performance at the University of Limerick and Classical Composition at the Purcell School of Music in London, agreed and the pair spent two weeks in a studio in Dingle, once again working with Donogh Hennessy and Pauline Scanlon.
The result is Atlantic, a collection of original compositions that were written by Mackenzie, mostly while at sea. The traditional Cape Breton fiddle playing that she draws on for inspiration acts as an anchor for this fluid playing style that highlights Rosie’s personal evolution, both good and bad, while living and working on the Atlantic ocean.
Matt Griffin is a multi instrumentalist based in Dingle, in the West Kerry Gaeltacht of South West Ireland. Born in London of Irish parents, Matt grew up playing and learning music within the capital’s vibrant traditional Irish music scene, teaming up with other young local musicians to form the group Mise.
In 2004 Matt relocated to Ireland where he began his studies in Irish traditional music at the University of Limerick. Since arriving in Ireland, Matt’s abilities as a guitar accompanist have been in great demand and he has recorded and/ or performed with a variety of artists including Alan Kelly, Steph Geremia, Niall Keegan, Garry Shannon, Michael O'Suillleabhain and The Chieftains. He is also teaches Guitar to local students in Dingle.
For more information on Rosie MacKenzie, visit http://rosiemackenzie.com
Atlantic will be available on October 6 through www.cdbaby.com. Preorder now at www.rosiemackenzie.com
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