Album Review - Tomas Ó Gealbháin & Caoimhín & Seán Ó Fearghail / Lá ag Ól Uisce

Caoimhín Ó Fearghail turns up once again on an album of outstanding quality following his recent work on the new Edel Fox and Neill Byrne album The Sunny Banks.  This time Caoimhín is joined by Tomas Ó Gealbháin on accordion and  Seán Ó Fearghail on fiddle and bouzouki.   Caoimhín as you may know covers many instruments including uilleann pipes, flute and guitar.  Lá ag Ól Uisce is for me one of those albums that comes out of nowhere and is an absolute gem.  It is so laid back, natural and traditional that it should be an inspiration to any budding musician that needs a level to aim for.  You may not reach it but at least the sound will be ringing in your ear.  Bobby Gardiner in the sleeve notes states that "these dedicated young players are now playing with an ease and maturity far beyond their years.  The music is unrushed, flowing, rhythmic, sincere with good key changes and tasteful decoration".  

Lá ag Ól Uisce is in effect three very talented young men sitting down in a corner and producing the most perfect traditional music you can imagine.  There are lots of recognisable tunes such as Toss The Feathers, Ríl an Spidéil, The Pipe on the Hob and many more that make the recording even more enjoyable.  They also bring on board Nell Ní Chróinín, Jimí Ó Ceannabháin and Ciarán Ó Gealbháin who deliver three songs in Irish. Compromising such a delicate recording with songs that didn't match its mood could have been a risky undertaking.  Two of the songs Ta Dhá Ghabhairín Bhuí Agam and Máirtín an Bhaille are beautifully and expertly handled with accompaniment and the third song Eochaill is unaccompanied.  They fit perfectly with the mood of the album.  Lá ag Ól Uisce must have met the aspirations of Tomas, Caoimhín and Seán when they set out to make it.  It is the perfect album to listen to and should be hopping off the shelves across the globe.  It is one of the year’s best kept secrets and we need to change that.  If you want music that does not force itself upon you, but instead draws you in with its honesty then follow the link.  You won't be disappointed.

Visit www.laagoluisce.comand but the album at www.seanofearghail.com

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