Breda Keville’s debut recording is a solo album of enormous depth and personal expression. Although she hails from north
The title of her album ‘The Hop Down’ is the name of a tune she heard played by Rita Keane. Rita and Sarah Keane and their niece Dolores were a great inspiration for
Paddy Fahey features strongly whether for his own tunes or his settings of tunes like ‘The West Wind’ and ‘The New Road’. Bobby Casey’s name appears a few times as do several others.
Breda Keville is the youngest of six children and grew up in a house where music was part of everyday. The music travelled through the generations on both her mother’s and father’s side of the family and it was her mother who drove Breda and her siblings to classes, lessons, Fleadhs and wherever they needed to go to experience their music. She also listened to music avidly and Radio na Gaeltachta was always on in the house. “Even though my father didn’t play” adds
While her first passion is the fiddle she is also a formidable singer. On ‘The Hop Down’ we are treated to three songs from her pure and plaintive voice. “It has always taken second place to the fiddle” says Breda about singing, “and I don’t mind saying that because that’s just the way it is. The fiddle would be a real passion, it’s something I feel strongly about and genuinely love it.”
The songs too have solid pedigree.
Being the youngest meant that
The Willie Clancy summer school was the next great resource for
Liam Lewis is another strong influence and in 2001
Conor Tully is another influence in that style of east Galway, as is Kevin Maloney whom
What is it that attracts her to these older musicians, this older style? “The older musicians, there’s something quite unique in their tone; they’ve just got some sweetness. When you hear them you know it’s them by their tone and their style, the way they’d ornament or do a variation, whereas nowadays I think it’s harder to distinguish between people.”
‘The Hop Down’ was recorded with Ronan Browne in his studio at his home in Connemara and with Ray Diamond who has a studio in
‘The Hop Down’ has already garnered seriously good reviews. It is a strongly individual and creative recording, traditional music delivered with maturity and sensitivity.