Tommy plays bodhran, bones, spoons, marimba, bells, mbira, jews harp, silk worm cocoons and goats toe nails.
Matthew plays the 23 stringed North Indian lute called sarode. He also makes loops and drones.
We make music which explores the outer regions of traditional music through original composition and improvisation.
We are in the midst of making our 2nd album.
But we need your help!
We have completed our initial recording with the brilliant Jack Talty from Realach Records.
Now, we need some financial assistance for the final production of the album including mixing, mastering, graphic design and printing.
We used Fund it to make our debut album 'The Space Between' We really enjoyed the experience of connecting with our fans and making the album a collective experience. We think the album turned out pretty good too.
Here is what some other people said about it...
"a unique collaboration producing a delightful aural journey that knows no borders and defies categorisation" CARL CORCORAN, RTE LYRIC FM
"beautiful unique and profound music" Celtic Road Radio
We have self funded most of the recording so far and have also been given some support from the Clare Arts Office. However, we still require more funds for the final production of the album This album is a bit more adventurous than our debut and we are spending extra time on post-production. We want this album to look and sound as good as possible.
This funding will cover three days of mixing/ mastering with Jack Talty, graphic design by the legendary Maurice Gunning plus the printing costs of making the CD's.
We know from experience the difficulties in making an album and have carefully planned and budgeted to successfully complete this project. We have already completed most of the work with our own funds, we just need a little bit of help to get this over the line. We had such a positive experience with the last Fund it campaign, we're really excited about doing it all again.
Thank you for taking time to read about our project. Check out the fabulous rewards we have on offer. We hope you can support us in anyway possible. Le meas agus grá, Matthew and Tommy
Update posted on Thursday 8th February '18 @ 03:02:47
We're not long back from a very enriching tour of South India with support from Culture Ireland.
The audience absolutely went ape over Tommy's spoon playing!
We are still following up on a getting some of you your rewards. If you haven't received your copy of the album (or albums) please let us know. Also, if you haven't already sent us your address please do so.
We'll be following up on outstanding rewards next week.
TICKETS FOR GALWAY ALBUM LAUNCH
Update posted on Friday 10th November '17 @ 11:11:38
Tickets are now available for our Galway Album Launch on Nov 24th in De Burgo's. Follow the link below.
Update posted on Tuesday 7th November '17 @ 11:11:09
We're absolutely delighted to announce that (thanks to your help) our album is about to be released!
The album is called 'Faha Rain' which refers to a local townland here in East Clare. The mood of the album reflects on the slow and somewhat melancholic style of traditional fiddle playing from the area, plus a mixture of diverse percussion, ukuele, piano and of course sarode. We can't wait for you to hear it.
The CD is currently at the printers, so as soon as we can we'll be sending you your copy in the post. Or if you prefer, you can pick it up at one of our launch gigs across the country. Please see the dates below. We'll be in touch directly soon about your rewards but wanted to keep you in the loop and express our deepest gratitude for making this possible. Le meas, Matthew.
Week 4- Update
Update posted on Tuesday 10th October '17 @ 10:10:59
We've made it! We reached our target with 24 hours to spare.
Go raibh mile maith agaibh to all our funders.
We actually exceeded our target by an extra €100 so we're absolutely delighted and humbled.
It's good timing too as we're in the studio this weekend to do the final mixing with Jack Talty.
We're also currently working on the album artwork and design.
Our planned release date is late November.
We'll keep you informed and hope to catch you at one of our launches.
Matthew and Tommy
3 days to go... AnTara 2nd album
Update posted on Friday 6th October '17 @ 08:10:20
Thank you for your support so far.
We're now just €300 short of our target but we've only 3 days to go!
Please spread the word and let anybody interested in on the deal.
This is nerve wracking stuff!!!
Wish us luck and thanks again for your time.
Week 3- Update
Update posted on Monday 2nd October '17 @ 03:10:08
WEEK 3 (Fundit Update) Thank you again for your support.
We're in the final straight of our crowdfunding campaign (just 8 days to go). We're only 43% towards our target so we need a big push to get over the finish line. We're especially keen if there are any funders who would be interested in hosting us for a house concert launch! Check out the link for details and like and share if you can. https://fundit.ie/project/antara-the-2nd-album
Week 2- Update
Update posted on Monday 25th September '17 @ 02:09:00
Thank you to all you wonderful funders who have pledged your support so far. We have only 2 weeks left now to reach our target. We're currently only 30% of the way there.
If you could help spread the word about how amazing our album is going to be we will be eternally thankful.
We'd also love to do a house concert as part of our launch so i you know anyone who'd be interested in getting 30-40 people together to pledge we could reach our target in record fashion!
Matthew and Tommy
Update posted on Monday 18th September '17 @ 02:09:48
First of all, thank you for your support in getting our Fundit campaign off the ground! After our first week we're almost at 25% of our target.
Any further help you could offer in sharing our link through social media would go a long way to in helping us realize our goal. Thank you to those who already have been so supportive an sharing our project.
In other news, we have a concert this Friday 22nd September in Pepper's bar, FEAKLE, CO. Clare @ 8pm. It's free entry with support from the fabulous Hoodman Blind.
We'd love to see some of you there if you can make it!