It is rare to find a group of singers and musicians who can combine strong backgrounds in Irish traditional, folk and contemporary popular music with an a capella singing ability developed through classical choral music. This is the potent mix Coda bring to their music. Drawing on vocal talent from the west of Ireland, Coda are seven singers who started developing their own approach to vocal performance several years ago. Their first album entitled ‘Mouthmusic’, released in 2013, was produced by Maurice Lennon. Coda have performed at home and abroad at various music festivals, Westport, Wales, England, Spain, Tradfest, Electric Picnic and others and at various venues throughout Ireland.
Coda offer an exciting new perspective on traditional and contemporary folk songs, original compositions and popular songs. Their wide-ranging repertoire comprises both a capella arrangements and self- accompanied songs with a traditional Irish twist.
‘Train of Spirits’ has just pulled into the station. Coda’s long awaited second album is now available. The album was produced by the legendary Dónal Lunny and recorded in Clew Bay Recording Studios, Westport. Following a Coda gig on Inishbofin, Dónal and Coda members chatted about the possibility of collaboration. “I was initially worried about the potential problems of seven different vocal parts and up to four instrumental parts happening together,” says Lunny, “but I needn't have worried. It all made elegant sense in the end”.
The album features an eclectic mix of self-penned and contemporary folk and traditional songs all superbly arranged by Coda, skilfully engineered by Bartholomew De Boer and exquisitely produced by Donal Lunny.
The album title ‘Train of Spirits’ comes from an original Coda song ‘Greenway Days’ which refers to tragedies involving the first and last trains to run on the Westport to Achill line. The first train, in 1894, carried the bodies of over 30 people who were drowned in Clew Bay. The last, in 1937, carried 11 young boys from Achill, who had been working in Scotland. They lost their lives when their bothy (shed) caught fire.
The album is now available to purchase from www.codasinging.com and will shortly be available for digital download along with their first album ‘mouthmusic’.
Coda’s rendition of the popular sea shanty ‘Leave Her Johnny Leave Her’ has currently over 1 million views on their YouTube channel ‘codasinging’.