Wildgeese 1983 CD Re-Release
We are almost ready to release a reissue of the Wildgeese: Celtic Music of the Northwest recording!The out-of-print recording, Wildgeese: Celtic Music of the Northwest featuring Randal Bays, Kate Power, Bill Bulick, Jim Chapman and Barry Crannell was produced by Mícheál ÓDomhnaill and engineered by Michael O'Rourke at Grass Roots studio in Portland 1983.
The missing master was rediscovered by friend of the band Alan Garren in 2007. Although there was some degradation when the tape was played back, it was salvagable. We decided to do what could be done to preserve the recording. The unmistakable touch of the master in the Mícheál ÓDomhnaill mix remained reverently untouched during the restoration and now the reissue of the original Wildgeese debut album is almost ready to share.
This GoFundMe campaign will pay for the restoration and the manufacture the first small batch of CDs. Dollars received beyond this amount will be used to further share this music and document with the anecdotal elements, music and stories from a turningpoint slice of life in Portland's folk music scene using various mediums, including the Wildgeese blog.
CD's and digital downloads will be available soon on CDBaby. Your contribution will make it possible to share this beautiful retrospective recording, culture and music community in Portland, Oregon and beyond. Thank you!
The arrival of two of Ireland's finest musicians to Portland, Oregon - Bothy Band's fiddler, Kevin Burke , and leading-edge dadgad guitarist, Michéal O'Domhnaill stirred the Irish music scene to a lather in the wee hours of the Monday night sessions at the East Avenue Tavern on E. Burnside in the early 1980s. One outcome was the formation of the band Wildgeese who brought stepdancers to their feet and charmed the hearts of the Pacific Northwest for a rich but fleeting couple of years. The finale of the collaboration between musicians Randal Bays, Kate Power, Bill Bulick, Barry Crannell, Jim Chapman and friend and producer, Mícheál O Domnaill, resulted in a beautiful recording: Wildgeese, Celtic Music of the Northwest in 1983. Mícheál's production of the album was a gift to the Portland musicians whom he had mentored during those years. In tribute to an exquisite chapter in the cultural life of Portland, and the inspirational mastery of a great friend, Mícheál Ó Domnaill (October 7, 1951 – July 7, 2006), we would like to share this recording once more for the enduring enjoyment of all.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your contribution to the re-release of Wildgeese: Celtic Music of the Northwest.
We invite you to share and contribute your Portland folk music scene and Wildgeese memories on the Wildgeese blog. ( http://wildgeesepdx1983.wordpress.com)
Thank you friends, old and new,