Who is Desi Wilkinson?
Well, he's mostly an Irish Traditional musician but has eclectic tastes in music. He comes from a sometimes edgy and can be harsh place called Belfast; but that does not stop him loving the splendour of nature and mysterious wind-swept things ... and the natural world ...vegetable gardens/orchards....decent fun people and the like.
Desi is one of the leading exponents of the traditional Irish flute ("the timber flute") and a fine folksinger. He has recorded 4 albums with the internationally acclaimed trio CRAN, (www.cranmusic.com), known for their powerful vocal arrangements of traditional songs in Gaelic and English, as well as 2 solo albums - 'The Three Piece Flute' and 'Shady Woods'. His most recent recording ('Buffalo in the Castle' July 2009) is a collobation with Lena Ullman,Mairtin O'Connor and Frank Hall . It is a creative, lyrical and fun-filled exploration of the similarities and differences between Old Timey American and Irish music and includes four songs ( www.bufflalcastle.com). Desi has worked and toured with many of the major figures on the traditional Irish music scene, (artists like, De Dannan, Andy Irvine, Sharon Shannon, Gerry O'Connor and Brendan Hearty ) and has collaborated on world music projects with musicians from places as far apart as Senegal and Quebec (he has worked and performed with artists such as Paul Marchand, Jean-Michel Veillon, Claude Morin, Sylvain Rondeau, Soriba Kouyate and Omar Sow). He has also been active as an arranger and performer of music for professional theatre productions. From 1992 - 1994 he lived in Britanny, learning, playing and studying Breton music. Combining a career as a performer and researcher he is an ethnomusicologist who speaks French fluently. He was a full time lecturer at the music department (ICMuS) Newcastle University, U.K (Oct 2005- Oct 2015) . His most recent publication is available from Pendragon press see http://www.pendragonpress.com/book.php?id=687
He is currently Traditional artist in residence at University College Cork. For reviews of his albums on sale through Cd baby please see Desi's homepage.
"Desi Wilkinson is one of our finest musicians, his playing of dance music has a rhythmic, emphatic style based on the Sligo-Leitrim tradition. He is an articulate and humorous presenter of the music...deeply committed to exploring genres and traditions beyond Ireland. If traditional music is about searching, absorption, retention and change, so is Desi." (Ciaran Carson, poet and writer)