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THE NESBITT FAMILY ~

DEVILS BIT

 

SESSIONS

 

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Máiréad Nesbitt | The Nesbitt Family - Devil’s Bit Sessions

3 Generations of Music Recorded live from the Nesbitt Family Home in County Tipperary, Ireland

Grammy Nominated Violinist Máiréad Nesbitt’s latest endeavor comes straight from her home where she grew up in Co. Tipperary,  Ireland.  Máiréad has gone back to her roots and has created this unique live album experience with her entire family.  Devil’s Bit Sessions was recorded over a weekend in a “seisun,” a traditional Irish Music session, in the Nesbitt Family’s home at the foot of Devil’s Bit Mountain.  

The live album captures the family’s chats which are intertwined throughout the 19 tracks of these traditional Irish tunes including favorites such as The Faraway Waltz, The Wild Geese and lively tunes such as The Bunch of Green Rushes and the Return of Spring / The Mountain Pathway.  

The album was recorded with 13 members of the Nesbitt Family.  The youngest featured on the album is Lilly , only 10 years old, and spans through to John Nesbitt who is 81 years young. This was a very special project for these three generations of the Nesbitt Family.  The album was completely family driven, from the content to the art direction.  These were all tunes that Máiréad’s  parents, Kathleen and John Nesbitt, learned from their parents and taught to their children and grandchildren growing up.  The title “Devil’s Bit Sessions” comes from local legend which told of the devil flying over the mountain, taking a bite out of it and spitting it out in nearby Cashel, making the Rock of Cashel.  Art direction is by Caroline Burke-Nesbitt, founder of  Designedly, a local company in Tipperary providing graphic design solutions for the entertainment and tourism industry internationally.

Special guest and long-time family friend Eoghan O’Neill joined on acoustic bass.  Renowned producer and recording engineer, Brian Masterson, who has worked with Van Morrison, Declan O’Rourke and Anuna to name a few,  beautifully recorded, mixed and mastered this unique project produced by Máiréad Nesbitt and Karl Nesbitt.  The weekend of the recording was video documented by director Nejc Rudel.

The Nesbitt Family will be performing together at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann this August and will be featured worldwide on FleadhTV.  Devil’s Bit Sessions will be released through Cosmic Trigger internationally on June 30, 2017 and will be available through iTunes, Amazon and for more information go to www.maireadnesbittviolin.com



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VIOLINIST MÁIRÉAD NESBITT IS LOVED BY FANS AROUND THE WORLD FOR HER HIGH-PROFILE WORK WITH THE POPULAR IRISH ENSEMBLE, CELTIC WOMAN. AN ORIGINAL AND FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE WORLD FAMOUS GROUP, THE CHARASMATIC FIDDLER AND COMPOSER’S VERSATILE INSTRUMENTAL TALENTS AND BEGUILING STAGE PRESENCE HAVE BEEN EMBRACED BY A DIVERSE AUDIENCE THAT CROSSES GEOGRAPHICAL AND CULTRURAL BOUNDARIES. AS FEATURED  SOLO VIOLINIST ON ELEVEN CELTIC WOMAN ALBUMS, SHE HELPED EACH TITLE TO ACHIEVE THE COVETED #1 SPOT ON THE BILLBOARD WORLD MUSIC CHARTS, AN EMMY NOMINATION FOR A PBS TELEVISION SPECIAL AND HER LATEST RECORDING WITH THE GROUP ‘DESTINY’, RECEIVED THEIR FIRST GRAMMY NOMINIATION FOR BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM.


HIBERNIA, ON COSMIC TRIGGER RECORDS WAS RECORDED AT WINDMILL LANE STUDIOS IN DUBLIN AND FEATURES ORGINAL SONGS COMPOSED BY MÁIRÉAD. THE SONGS ARE DIVIDED INTO SUITES AND WERE RECORDED WITH THE ORCHESTRA OF IRELAND. IN ADDITION TO MÁIRÉAD’S SUCCESSES WITH CELTIC WOMAN SHE HAS BUILT AN IMPRESSIVELY VARIED MUSICAL RESUME OF HER OWN  AND HAS EMERGED AS ONE OF IRELAND'S MOST IN-DEMAND MUSICIANS, AS WELL AS A PROMINENT PRESENCE IN THE CELTIC MUSIC WORLD. 


MÁIRÉAD'S DISTINCTIVE BLEND OF TRADITIONAL IRISH AND CLASSICAL STYLES EARNED HER IRISH MUSIC MAGAZINE'S TITLE OF ‘BEST TRADITIONAL FEMALE MUSICIAN’ AND HAS GIVEN HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH SUCH INTERNATIONAL ACTS AS VAN MORRISON, SINÉAD O'CONNOR, CLANNAD, EMMYLOU HARRIS, DAVID BOWIE, STING AND JIMMY WEBB AS WELL AS IRISH MUSIC ICONS LIKE SHARON SHANNON, PAUL BRADY, FRANCES BLACK, AND DÓNAL LUNNY'S COOLFIN.