“I’VE ALWAYS known Colm as a very accomplished and versatile banjo and mandolin player. His playing is, as always, rich, full bodied, and full of heart. I hope his recording captivates other listeners as much as it has done me.”
So said the great Máirtín O’Connor about Colm Naughton, from Creggs in northeast Galway, and for a folk and trad musician, praise does not come higher than that.
Colm will launch his debut album, The Space Between The Notes, in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday June 9 at 8pm, where he will be joined by Máirtín O’Connor, Matt Keane, Sean Keane, and Orlaith Keane. Also joining Colm will be Finbarr Naughton, Pat Coyne, Jimmy Higgins, Cathal Kerans, and Bill Wright
Colm is a multi-instrumentalist and plays banjo, mandolin, bouzouki, and guitar on the album, as well as singing. The album consists of seven banjo tracks, two mandolin, and three songs. As well as traditional tunes there are compositions by Tommy Peoples, Paddy Fahey, Richard Dwyer, Charlie Lennon, and Liz Carroll.
There is also a set of tunes from the Asturias region of northern of Spain, in which Colm plays mandolin and is joined on fiddle by his brother Finbarr. The Space Between The Notes also features two songs written by Colm - a waltz written for his wife Orlaith and a song in memory of his late mother Nellie.