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Biographical notes Tara Music Company managing director JOHN COOK
"I suppose you could say I've achieved what I set out to achieve" says John Cook when asked to summarise the tale of Tara in a recent interview with Colin Harper "Quiet simply, there are some high quality albums which will stand the test of time - and that's already proved itself.
Which is just as well, because nobody could accuse Tara
John later sold-out to a chain of stores which had just changed its name to Golden Discs, it was formerly known as Tara Records
had existed at the retail end" says John, "but not as a label.
The four individuals who went on to form Planxty, Andy Irvine, Liam O'Flynn, Donal Lunny and Christy himself - were on that album and to satiate demand from his customers Jack Fitzgerald bought the rights to this album and released it on a label of convenience entitled Tara
When Planxty reformed in 1978 it was with Tara
that they signed and it was at this point that Tara
started their record label in earnest.
Davy Spillane, bringing Irish pipes into a jazz fusion setting and more recently the esoteric and potentially lucrative new-age / film soundtrack area, built up his reputation with Tara
before moving on amicably to a major deal - in his case Sony.
set the trend in 1981, after four albums with various labels during the 70's and then two with Tara
, using the bigger budgets available courtesy of Cook's 'maximise quality' philosophy to begin experimenting with studio techniques that led to the breakthrough UK hit single Theme From Harry's Game and subsequent international success.
It's still a great album" . The Brendan Voyage launched Shaun Davey (who had previously worked mainly doing advertising jingles) as a contemporary orchestral composer of international standard and led to further commissions for work in a similar vein, several of which - The Pilgrim, Granuaile and The Relief of Derry Symphony, have been released on Tara
Most of Shaun's works feature the truly exceptional vocalist Rita Connolly and the universally recognised master of Irish piping Liam O'Flynn - both of whom have also recorded solo albums for Tara
under Shaun's supervision as producer.
It all adds to the notion that the sign of Tara
on the spine of a CD is a guarantor of music in a class of its own.
Nevertheless, quality doesn't automatically equal global sales and some markets, particularly America, have remained effectively out of reach for a relatively small label like Tara