Album Review : Justin Bonar-Bridges / Truth Be Told

We covered this debut album earlier in the year when we spoke to Justin as part of an official online album launch. In the main, this is an album of solo fiddle music played with relaxed ease by a musician who was inspired by similar solo recordings from years gone by. When we spoke to Justin he said that “as a pre-teen I took lessons with Kevin Crehan, who introduced me to the recordings of his grandfather Junior Crehan, Bobby Casey, Joe Ryan, and other proponents of Clare fiddling. The only thing you hear on those old recordings is the solo fiddle, so I grew up hearing it. It's a very personal sound - the fiddler becomes a storyteller, letting the instrument act as a voice for their soul. Of all the recordings of Irish music I've got, it's the solo tracks that I always come back to, hence my decision."

This is exactly what you get. It's solo fiddle, where you can hear with clarity each turn and variation of melody. Steve Matyi provides bouzouki accompaniment on a couple of numbers, which contributes to a variation in sound, with Justin playing solo on the rest. Alternative tunings are noted throughout the track listing and add an extra mellow feel to some of the tracks. There are also a lot of well known tunes, which I always welcome, as you can hear the different variations that are played. This includes The Drunken Gauger, Connaughtman's Rambles, The Old Copperplate and many more. An inspiring fiddle album that sticks to the basics and gets it so right.

To purchase visit www.cdbaby.com/cd/justinbonarbridges or visit his website www.jbfiddle.com

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