Album Review - Damien Connolly / Inspired

Inspired by Damien Connolly is a tour de force of an album. It shines with an energy and hunger that sets it apart from many other releases.  On first listen, the mix of instruments and harmonies gives quite a full sound, but it quickly finds its stride and tempo.  The inclusion of Oisin Mac Diarmada and Sean Earnest push it to a level that a solo excursion may not have reached. Two tracks featuring Oisin and Sean are outstanding. Savage Paddy/Miss McGuinness, which we include, captures the energy of the recording. The power and precision of the accordion tracks, in particular the title track Inspired featuring Brendan Dolan, is a delight. Tell Me Now featuring John Doyle for all its mellow leanings is forthright and solid in its presentation. A host of other big names join in to create an album that can’t but lift the spirits. A highlight of the year so far.

Available to preview and purchase www.cdbaby.com/cd/damienconnolly

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