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Patricia Clark – The Lark’s March – Album Review

Patricia is one of our music teachers in Spink Comhaltas.  A multi-instrumentalist, this is her debut fiddle album.  We know she is working on her next one – we wish she would hurry up and get it published soon!

Brought up in England, with a significant grounding in music in County Clare and now based in Laois, Patricia has worked with Spink Comhaltas for the last 4 years.  Renowned for her innovative yet traditional style on both the fiddle and piano, she has impressed master musicians from all over the world.

Patricia has also produced an album with international band, The Outside Track and has performed worldwide as part of many acts, featuring alongside bands such as AltanThe Chieftains and At First Light. Her debut solo album, ‘The Lark’s March‘ was bred of a love of the older tunes and traditions in Co. Clare, many of them having never been recorded before.

Favourite track – No 14.

Don’t just read the review, buy the CD!

This article is part of a series of articles on selected traditional Irish musicians and CD’s.  At Spink Comhaltas, we believe it is critically important to support and promote our musicians, and never more so that at this time as the Covid-19 pandemic has ravaged the music industry.

Having role models and heroes is important in any walk of life, and this is true of musicians too.  Some of our strongest musicians who have developed with Spink Comhaltas over the recent years have learned as much of their musidc from listening to these artists – both on CD and live – as they have learned in formal classes.  We encourage our current generation of young musicians – and their parents – to consider building up their own collection of music.  And while we live in a world of streaming, there is something special about being able to read the sleeve notes on an album that an artist has put a lot of energy and effort into that will always be much more meaningful than listening on a streaming service.

The musicians we have featured here are outstanding performers.  Different music styles, instruments, and interpretations will appear – as well a mix of solo and group music.  For most of the musicians featured, the CD featured is one of a number of works by that artist.

Spink Comhaltas promotes traditional Irish music across Laois, Carlow, Kilkenny, Kildare and further afield.  With excellent teachers and resources, as well as one of the largest music instrument banks in the country, Spink Comhaltas is an excellent place to begin your journey in traditional Irish music.

In addition to teaching and promoting music, Spink Comhaltas also fosters connections – with musicians across different counties and counties, different genres of music, and other artistic and creative groups.  Check out our website for more details.