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Who is Desi Wilkinson?
Desi is an Irish Traditional musician with eclectic tastes in music. He is a leading exponent of the flute and a fine singer. A multi-instrumentalist, he has recorded 5 albums with Cran, his primary musical group, and 2 solo albums - of which this album is the first one.
His most recent recording (Buffalo in the Castle, July 2009) also features Mairtin O'Connor, Frank Hall and Lena Ulman. Originally from Belfast, Desi has worked and toured with many household names in the traditional Irish music scene. He has also arranged and performed music for the theatre and film documentaries.
From 1992 - 1994 he lived in Britanny, learning, playing and studying Breton music. Desi, who speaks French fluently, holds a Phd in ethnomusicology he has worked as a full-time lecturer (ICMuS, Newcastle University U.K., University of Limerick) and is currently (2015-16) musician in residence at University College Cork Ireland.
"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)
Title Company and year
Cosa gan bhroga Gael Linn (LP/cassette 1986)
The Three Piece Flute Spring (CD/ cassette 1987)
The Crooked Stairs/Cran CBM ( CD/ cassette 1992)
Hent St Jakez Shamrock records ( CD 1993)
Night Owl(Dolores Keane) FXCD187 (CD1997)
Black, Black, Black/Cran Claddagh records (CD 1998)
Lover's Ghost/Cran Black Rose records (CD 2000)
Shady woods Deas records (CD 2001)
Sounds from the North Liekedeler (CD 2001)
Music from the edge of the world/Cran Black Rose records (CD 2002)