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The Nesbitt Family – Devil’s Bit Sessions

3 Generations of Music
Live from the Nesbitt Family Home in County Tipperary, Ireland

 
Grammy Nominated Celtic Violinist Máiréad Nesbitt’s latest endeavor comes straight from her home where she grew up in Co. Tipperary, Ireland.  Máiréad has gone back to her roots and has created this unique live album experience with her entire family.  Devil’s Bit Sessions was recorded over a weekend in a “session” type scenario in the Nesbitt Family’s home at the foot of Devil’s Bit Mountain.  

The live album captures the family’s chats which are intertwined throughout the 19 tracks of these traditional Irish tunes including favorites such as The Faraway Waltz, The Wild Geese, and lively tunes such as The Bunch of Green Rushes and the Return of Spring / The Mountain Pathway.  

The album was recorded with 13 members of the Nesbitt Family.  The youngest featured on the album is Lilly at only 10 years old, and spans through to John Nesbitt who is 81 years young. This was a very special project for these three generations of the Nesbitt Family.  The album was completely family driven, from the content to the art direction.  These were all tunes that Kathleen and John Nesbitt learned from their parents and taught to their children and grandchildren growing up.  The title “Devil’s Bit Sessions” comes from local legend which told of the devil flying over the mountain, taking a bite out of it, and spitting it out in nearby Cashel, making the Rock of Cashel.  Art direction is by Caroline Burke-Nesbitt, founder of Designedly, a local company in Tipperary providing graphic design solutions for the entertainment and tourism industry internationally.  

Special guest and long-time family friend Eoghan O’Neill joined on acoustic bass and renowned producer and recording engineer Brian Masterson beautifully recorded, mixed and mastered this unique project produced by Máiréad Nesbitt and Karl Nesbitt.  The weekend of recording was video documented by director Nejc Rudel.

The Nesbitt Family will be performing together at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann this August and will be featured worldwide on FleadhTV.  Devil’s Bit Sessions will be released through Cosmic Trigger internationally on June 30, 2017 and will be available through iTunes, Amazon and www.celticcafestore.com.