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Olaf Sickmann


Olaf Sickmann


Exciting, intensive, lively! The fourteenth album of Olaf Sickmann has been inspired by several journeys along Irelands “Wild Atlantic Way” in County Clare in the last 5 years. Great people, fantastic music and a stunning landscape have made a deep impression that is reflected on “The Coast Of County Clare“. With this release, Olaf continues to pursue and develop his personal vision of contemporary Irish tin whistle music, using only a single tin whistle in D major. His enthusiasm and devotion to the instrument can be felt in every note, in each composition. His intensive study of Irish instrumental music, especially the session repertoire, and its myriad exponents, both famous and unknown can be heard in his music. On “The Coast Of County Clare“, Sickmann combines beautiful melodies and great technique with natural authenticity. Subtle variations and relaxed embellishments never disturb the flow of the melody.

Whilst Olaf chirps himself through 44 wonderful melodies, the Scottish musician Cameron Robson (Cantrip, Bellevue Rendezvous among others) accompanies him in an intensive, exciting and sensitive way on the cittern. This is a very old instrument that had been played in the Renaissance already and it can also be found in Celtic music. So a unique and at times nearly archaic and hypnotic sound is created. Cameron has been on tour in many European countries and in the States and has been part of the Irish/Scottish music scene in Edinburgh for more than 20 years. On stage the duo will play the compositions of “The Coast Of County Clare“ as well as some of Olaf's unique guitar compositions and some of Cameron's favourite songs.

I HAD A DREAM: As late as in his mid-twenties Olaf started playing the tin whistle and listening to Irish Traditional Music. Sparked by a female street musician in the city of Galway, Olaf knew immediately that he wanted to do this for the rest of his life. He said goodbye to the world and took on a part-time job that made it possible for him to study tin whistle and Irish Music with the goal of being able to work full time as a musician one day. A few years later in his late twenties he got into composing new Irish music for the tin whistle and guitar more and more. He wanted to find his own musical voice and is still continuing to do so. By now, his CDs have been reviewed in the renowned “Irish Music Magazine” and are listed in the “Irish Traditional Music Archive“ in Dublin. Many of his tin whistle and guitar compositions are played on the radio in Ireland and Germany. To give other people the opportunity to play Olaf’s music or get inspired by it, there is a music book on the CD “The Coast Of County Clare“ with all melodies, simple guitar chords and background stories.

 

Discography:

The Coast Of County Clare (2022, CD contains notation)

New Irish Tin Whistle Tunes 2 (2021, CD contains notation / play alongs)

New Irish Tin Whistle Tunes (2020, CD contains notation / play alongs)

Annie’s Waltz (2017, CD contains notation / guitar tabs)

Café Rialto (2016, CD contains notation / guitar tabs)

Still Walking (2016, single)

Slow (2015, CD contains notation / guitar tabs)

Whistle Man (2014)

New Living Room (2013)

Original Tin Whistle Session Tunes (2012, CD contains notation)

The Green River (2008)

New Celtic Guitar (2007)

Reise nach Neuseeland (2006)

Sommertiefe (2004)

Klangzauber(2002)

 

Artist contact: olaf-sickmann@gmx.net


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Cover: The Coast Of County Clare
Album: The Coast Of County Clare
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Folk
Kat.-Nr.: TZ2402
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2022

01. The Coast Of County Clare / Whistle Man #1 / Aminor Jig 3:52

02. Harp Reels #1 & #2 / Jondalen Reel 4:31

03. Bike Bell Fancy / Japanese Garden / Whistle Waltz #1 / Not Too Bad / Whistle Waltz #2 8:12

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Cover: New Irish Tin Whistle Tunes 2
Album: New Irish Tin Whistle Tunes 2
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Folk
Kat.-Nr.: TZ2155
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2021

01. The First I Have Done / Old Friends / Hot Summer Reel 4:43

02. Restart / I Know It's Over / Flow Go 3:53

03. Opening / Autumn In Sweden 5:11

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Cover: New Irish Tin Whistle Tunes
Album: New Irish Tin Whistle Tunes
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Folk
Kat.-Nr.: TZ2027
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2020

01. What I Want / Royal Chair / Chess! Chess! Chess! 3:35

02. The New Whistle Hornpipe / The Pretzel Sticks And Water Hornpipe 4:08

03. Cathedral Cove 4:28

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Cover: Annie's Waltz
Album: Annie's Waltz
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Folk
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1468
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2017

01. The Coromandel Jigs 5:01

02. Sweet Breakfast 2:44

03. Goodbye My Friend 3:54

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Cover: Café Rialto
Album: Café Rialto
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Folk
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1239
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2016

01. Summer Garden 4:33

02. Shopping By Car 4:20

03. The Old Country 3:06

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Cover: Still Walking
Album: Still Walking
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Folk
Kat.-Nr.: TZ1186
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2016

01. Still Walking 4:22

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Cover: Slow
Album: Slow
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Folk
Kat.-Nr.: TZ499
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2015

01. May Waltz No. 1 3:05

02. November Monday 2:27

03. Lisa Loves Pancakes 3:01

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Cover: Whistle Man
Album: Whistle Man
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Folk
Kat.-Nr.: TZ252
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2014

01. Nick And Leila 2:51

02. Go! 3:17

12. To Be At Home 3:57

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Cover: New Living Room
Album: New Living Room
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Folk
Kat.-Nr.: TZ931
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2013

01. Monaghan Jig 2:41

12. Changing Colours 2:19

13. Champions 2:29

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Cover: Original Tin Whistle Session Tunes
Album: Original Tin Whistle Session Tunes
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Folk
Kat.-Nr.: TZ796
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2012

01. A Bucket Full Of Dreams (Jig) 1:10

02. Late Night Reel (Reel) 1:24

07. Controverse (Polka) 0:56

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Cover: The Green River
Album: The Green River
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Instrumental
Kat.-Nr.: TZ020
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2008

01. After Work 2:03

02. Dance Without Name 2:26

03. Whistle Man 1:51

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Cover: Klangzauber
Album: Klangzauber
Artist: Olaf Sickmann
Genre: Country & Folk
Kat.-Nr.: TZ501
Label: Timezone (12791)
Jahr: 2002

01. Flowers Of Brooklyn 2:07

02. Westwind March, Storytellers Night 4:36

03. Wards, Tobins 2:37