November 21, 2005
The stunning debut release from Claire and Aaron is a culmination of several years of touring as a duo and as well as established guests such as bassist Kevin McGuire (The Felsons, Karine Polwart Band) driving bódhran player Martin O'Neill (Dóchas, Flook, Michael McGoldrick Band) and accordionist Leo McCann (Malinky) the CD includes guest appearances by friends and family creating a warm and relaxed feel. The album truly reflects and captures the energy and passion that Claire and Aaron have developed during years of touring together. From the energy of their jigs and reels through jaunting waltzes, beautifully interpreted songs to haunting laments, the CD takes you on a journey through their development as a duo.
Claire comes from Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east of England and has established herself as one of the leading exponents of Traditional Irish Flute, Fiddle and Song. She has been performing since an early age and has won numerous All Ireland Championships on flute, whistle and fiddle. Claire has also performed for the renowned British Flute Society who described her as, “…astonishing.”
Aaron Jones was born in Poole in England. Encouraged by a musical family from Northern Ireland, he took up the Bouzouki and the Bass Guitar at the age of sixteen. He currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. With over ten years as a professional musician under his belt, Aaron has earned invaluable gig and recording experience.
Comments from CelticRadio.net
This album contains some of the most beautiful Breton, Scots and Irish tunes performed by the brilliant pair of Claire Mann and Aaron Jones. Secret Orders showcases not only the love that these two musicians show for the music they play, but the tremendous talent that each of these well regarded musicians holds.
Some of our favorite tracks are “Saints and Sinners”, “Snappy Guzzlin’” and “McElvogue’s”.
The songs flow together, with both vocals and instruments gently taking the listener to an ecstasy of heavenly folk and Celtic music that could have only been created by this fantastic duo. You will quickly fall in love with this album and for that it earns a 5 star rating from CelticRadio.net and a recommendation to buy!