Traditional Irish Music
Changing Time is one of the surprise fiddle hits of the year. As an album it succeeds because David Doocey has managed to combine the elements of a classic fiddle sound with twists and turns that are polished and modern. Accompanists Patrick and Kevin Doocey, Stephen and Kevin Doherty and Ryan Molloy add significantly to the feel and atmosphere of the recording. It is also an album that becomes more expansive in sound and arrangement as it progresses. The opening sets are traditional fiddle at its best, Martin Wynne's #2 paired with The Man From Dunblane. It is strong and expressive playing that sets the tone for the album. The second track Collins'/The Mist Covered Mountain/Mary's Shoes introduces some great accompaniment on guitar, bodhrán and bass. The bass in particular is ever so expertly integrated into the sound creating a very powerful back beat to the track. The slightly jazzy/pop guitar intro to the third track takes the album in a slightly different direction. The sound is building from the traditional numbers that preceded it with bass and drums more prominent. All the while the fiddle retains its sharp clarity at the center the track. The audio for this third track called The Broken Pledge/The Tatnut Magnet is included below and gives a good sense of the album.
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