Traditional Irish Music
'Inspired by Chance' is the latest release by a band that have always had a very distinctive sound. The fresh and spacious approach to their arrangements, the free roving banjo of James Harvey, and the duets within tracks set them apart. Reflective interludes and melodies that momentarily suspend in mid-air, in search of wider vistas abound.
From ‘Transformed’ on their first album, with its long intro, to ‘Boodlin’ and ‘Changing Lanes’ on their second album, there is a crispness to their sets.
‘Serendipity’ and ‘Houdini’ from this album are similar. Outstanding tracks that amplify in different ways their instrument mix, with the piano and banjo of the latter track a real treat.
Áine McGeeney’s vocals have remained constant across all the albums. They are warm and emotionally charged, and while sometimes more restrained than you might like, they are always searching for the heart of the material. Her rendition of ‘The Hills of Sweet Lislea’, a Finbar Magee composition written for a WW1 commemoration event is a key track.
Their music is seeking more contemporary avenues, and don’t be surprised if they start to experiment a little more on subsequent recordings. For now enjoy a recording that is a highlight from the first 6 months of this year.
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