‘Tommie Cunniffe firmly established himself as one of the country’s leading accordion players with his debut album unbuttoned. If the only measure of a box player is his contribution to the traditional canon, then Tommie Cunniffe's solo debut will earn him pole position in the traditional music firmament’ (Siobhan Long of the Irish Times – Sep 2007).
‘Tommie's album "unbuttoned" was released in August in Cork and caused an immediate stir in traditional circles; he was a guest on Radio One's, The Late Session and his album was picked up for distribution by Claddagh Records in Ireland and by Ossian in the USA. He was recorded live for RTE Ceili House during the Fleadh in Tullamore, in short his star is certainly rising’ (Sean Laffey – Irish Music Magazine - Dec 2007).
Although Tommie was born and raised in Roscommon he’s been based in the lively Cork music scene since 2000. In Cork he met up with guitarist, Brian Miller from Minneosta, US, and percussionist, Brian Morrissey from Nenagh, Co.Tipperary, both of whom accompany his on this album. The album was recorded earlier this year by engineer and guitarist Donncha Moynihan at The Rise Studio in Cork.
This brand new CD, Unbuttoned, features many of Tommie’s own compositions along with a number of traditional tunes. Writing about Tommie’s new release, Earle Hitchner of the Irish Echo, New York, stated,
‘Album shows Cunniffe at peak of accordion playing powers…It's unbuttoned in energy, drive, life and flow…Tommie’s playing ripples with imagination’
Alex Monaghan and Sean Laffey of Irish Music Magazine recently wrote,
‘A bit of guitar, a bit of bodhran, a lot of box and a whole shedload of tasty new tunes: this has to be a recipe for success, and Tommie Cunniffe should go far on the back of this album’ (Alex Monaghan, Nov 2007).
‘Sheer class is an often abused term, but Cunniffe’s album has it in all departments…If we gave points for albums, this would be up there as debut album of the year for sure’ (Sean Laffey, Dec 2007).
The unbuttoned album was recently released in Ireland through a series of concerts to great acclaim. Writing in the Irish Times, Siobhán Long noted that ‘Tommie Cunniffe's distinctive driving, rhythmic style promises a hellraiser on the live front’ (Sept 2007).
Further details on the album and up and coming dates are available at: www.tommiecunniffe.com