Album Review - Gavin Whelan / Catch The Air

Catch the Air is Gavin Whelan's fifth album and follows very much in the footsteps of Homelands, released in 2011. It also features some of the tunes from that album in new settings. While Homelands featured 8 slow airs among its 15 tracks, this album goes a step further with the entire album devoted to airs and hence the album’s name.  Gavin is regarded as one of Ireland's finest whistle players and uilleann pipers.  From his debut release back in 2001 he has continued to excel with each release.  Paul Doyle (Guitar), Peter Eades (keyboards, guitar) Gavin Ralston (guitar), Deirdre Smyth (fiddle) and Daire Bracken (fiddle) provide accompaniment throughout.

It’s a mellow album with the inclusion of piano, guitar and bass giving some of the tracks an easy listening feel.  It shines when Gavin's pipes weave a lonesome melody through some of the more traditional material with keyboards or guitar alone providing the accompaniment.  Tracks like Easter Snow and Geaftaí Bhaile Buí display Gavin's crystal clear style, and a major reworking of Limerick's Lamentation make it a standout track. For lovers of slow airs you can't go too far wrong.

To purchase visit www.cic.ie or Gavin's website www.gavinwhelan.ie

 

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