Album Review - Eamonn Cotter / The Knotted Chord

The purity of a tune well played, the clarity and distinction of the music, flowing with effortless ease in the hands of an "unsung hero. It's a pleasure to behold and in traditional terms you won't get more traditional.  Authentic in its interpretation of the tunes and stripped bare enough to know that the musician is centre stage and not the studio.  Accompaniment is everything, and delicate piano introductions as on the air "Aisling Gheal" make the difference, lifting it into an astral projection of mood and music.  More a duet than a solo piece.  In fact Geraldine Cotter thoroughly underpins and enhances the main show, which is Eamonn.   There are several stand out tracks including The Balleen Jig/Patsy Geary's, the opening reels The Ronan Boys/Trim The Velvet, a decorative piece called Nóra Críonna and the demanding hornpipe The Spy Czar a composition by Liz Carroll.

Eamonn restrains his technical ability sufficiently enough to allow the music to take on the pure traditional flavour that is so essential to the listening experience .  His playing is sufficiently powerful and it allows him to achieve this clarity of purpose. Breath control fits naturally within the tunes and the album as a whole is as good as you will get in flute terms.  Fifteen tracks with lots of new music. For Eamonn, experience and reflection on his place in the world, the musical roads he has travelled and the people he has met are invaluable tools used to inform his music. Transferring these experiences into the recording process have truly yielded the required results.  It quite simply stands out for these reasons and will stand the test of time, acting as a source of inspiration for all.
 
Listen & Buy : custysmusic.com

Views: 589

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of TradConnect to add comments!

Join TradConnect

© 2017   Created by Tony Lawless.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service