"Every Story Told" Every Story Told is the title of the eagerly awaited vocal album by Matt Cunningham, which is available in all good music shops from July 1st 2001. Comprising 20 splendid tracks,(16 Vocal and 4 Instrumental tracks) this predominantly vocal album demonstrates the vocal talents of one of Irelands finest multi-instrumentalists in a fashion unheard of to date. The album features classic songs such as the 'The Bantry Girls Lament', 'Abbeyshrule', 'My Bonnie Irish Maid', and 'My Own Native Land' as well as timeless traditional tunes including original compositions. With sympathetic accompaniment provided by special guests such as Steve Cooney, Charlie Lennon, Frank Kilkelly, Charlie Atkins, Eric Cunningham, Ger Fahy, Eugene Kelly, Gavin Ralston and many others, it is certainly an album to cherish and a must for those who simply wish to enjoy the finer qualities of both our music and song traditions.
Every Story Told can certainly be described as a new departure for Matt who is best known in some quarters for his pulsating Dance Music and instrumental playing more so than his vocal endeavors - but this album tells its own story and highlights the sometimes overshadowed vocal talents of one of Irelands finest performers. Matt Cunningham has a long association with the Set and Ceili dancing traditions and through an acclaimed series of recordings (the most extensive available worldwide) and constant touring schedule, he continues to delight audiences at home and abroad while at the same time endeavoring to preserve and safeguard these traditions. Matt who comes from Headford, Co.Galway first formed his own band in 1972. He tours Britain and the US annually and performs on the Continent and on cruises to the Caribbean and the Greek Islands when ever he takes time from his busy touring schedule here at home.
Matt currently has 17 albums, 3 videos, a CD box set, a tutor book and a couple of platinum disc to his credit. He is also a music teacher of considerable note and has been teaching music for over 16 years now. Many young musicians continue to bear fruits of his talent. Matt's family also follow in his footsteps and feature on this album, as well as many of his other albums. His son Joe, a lecturer at the Department of Business Information Systems at UCC, plays banjo and bass in the Band while his daughter Ita who is the current All Ireland Senior Fiddle and Piano Champion, plays fiddle, viola and piano on this album. Matt's son Eric also features on the album and contributes some new musical compositions of his own. Eric has performed in every continent and his compositions and arrangements have been heard by over 1 million people from Berlin to Brisbane and Cork to China. He also co-produced the album with well-known Galway musician Eugene Kelly.
The Track list is:
1. Golden Dreams 2. Bantry Girls Lament 3. Dawn of the Morning 4. Reels 5. Abbey Shrule 6. Come with me Molly 7. Farewell to Galway 8. Jigs 9. Every Story Told 10. Will the Roses Bloom 11. My own native Land 12. Molly Ban 13. Polkas 14. My Bonnie Irish Maid 15. The Home I left Behind 16. Somewhere Between 17. Slip & Slide (Jigs) 18. Lovely Derry on the Banks of the Foyle 19. Under the light of the Moon 20. Bury me beneath the Weeping Willow
Click here to listen to track "Abbey Shrule" from this CD