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Sunday’s Hornpipe Looks Back

December 22, 2022 - 11:33 am

Our host of Sunday’s Hornpipe, John Gibaut, looks back at 2022 with a few of his favorite albums of the year and reminisces about an early album that might surprise you! Catch Sunday’s Hornpipe every Sunday afternoon beginning at 3:00 PM. 

“I started collecting albums in the late 60s / early 70s. In my first 20 or 30 albums were several that I still occasionally play during Sunday’s Hornpipe. Artists like The Chieftains; The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem; The Boys of the Lough; Alan Stivell. Other artists like Jethro Tull and The Moody Blues also accounted for a large proportion of those early albums. Not such a great surprise I suppose, reflecting the music of the era. 

However I have one album from those early days that I often have playing in my head. The chance of it ever popping up in a Sunday’s Hornpipe playlist is probably way beyond ‘extremely remote’!

I bought Zero Time, Tonto’s Expanding Head Band’s first album, the year after it was released in the early seventies. The band were Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff, and TONTO (The Original New Timbral Orchestra). TONTO was instrumental in bringing synthesized electronic music into the mainstream. Many well known performers used it in their work, most famously Stevie Wonder. No one in the Celtic genre has ever been tempted!   

Cheers and happy holidays”


Top 20 Albums

Brighde Chaimbeul, Ross Ainslie, Steven Byrnes – Las – Great White Records

Eabhal – Aisling – Eabhal

Goitse – Rosc – Goitse Music

inni-k – inion – Green Willow Records

Ruth Keggin & Rachel Hair – Lossan – March Hair Records

Beinn Lee – Deo – Beinn Lee

Padraig Mac Aodhgain (Paddy Egan) – Tobar Gan Tra – Padraig Mac Aodhgain

James Duncan MacKenzie – Fibhig – James Duncan MacKenzie

Kenneth I MacKenzie – Glendrian – Caberfeidh Music

Rory Matheson & Graham Rorie – We Have Won The Land – Rory Matheson & Graham Rorie

Moynihan – Black Brook – Moynihan

Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl – Heal & Harrow – Heal & Harrow

Muireann Nic Amhlaoidh & the Irish Chamber Orchestra – Roisin Reimagined – MNicA/DOC/KAF/ICO

Niteworks – A’ Ghrian – Comann Music

Cathal O Currain – Cosan Ceoil – Cathal O Currain

Rura – Our Voices Echo – Rura Music

Talisk – Dawn – Talisk Records

Teada – Coisceim Coiligh – as the days brighten – Gael Linn

3 on the Bund – Frenzy – 3 on the Bund

Ye Vagabonds – Nine Waves – River Lea Records