TG4 is an Irish television station of which I am very fond and proud of as it broadcasts mainly in the Irish language and we all took part, for many years, in a campaign to get it founded and off the ground. It has a form of “Oscars” for the Irish traditional music scene as part of its yearly schedule. In 2008 I was presented with the award as composer of the year. I was really surprised at my reaction to the award and was delighted. I think that, in spite of always denying that I lived under my fathers shadow but, rather lived under his ‘sunshine’, I probably felt that other people did not agree with me. This award was a flag risen to my independence in this instance. I put two tunes together for the occasion as I always try to have something new for any major outing. By calling this the TG4 reel I hoped to repay their kindness in a small way. The second tune had no name so I called it…..’n’fheadar’ (‘I don’t know’)
I recorded the tune with Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on the Triúr album.
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