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