Album Review - Ladlane / Crossing the Liffey

We have become so oversupplied with great albums of late that many are quietly slipping through with little fanfare.  This is the first studio album from a trio that have been busy crafting their music in Dublin’s Temple Bar area on a weekly basis. Featuring Eugene Quinn on guitar and banjo, Ray Dempsey on accordion and Colm Keane on fiddle and vocals, they capture the energy that runs through their weekly gigs.

Instrumentally it packs quite a punch, with tight and energetic arrangements that have been thoroughly road tested. The Hungry Rock set is a powerful opener. The same applies to a Brian Rooney composition called M&M Reel that anchors the second set on the album. The vocal tracks which include John Spillane’s Set You Free and Steve Tilson’s Slip Jigs and Reels sound a bit more restrained in comparison to the high energy instrumental tracks.  Guests include Eamonn de Barra on flute, Robbie Harris on bodhrán and Anne Marie Furlong on backing vocals.  With a superb interplay between musicians, and a great percussive backbeat, Crossing the Liffey is a lively and rewarding album. Recommended.

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Comment by Frank Kelly on January 1, 2016 at 15:00

  This is gorgeous stuff...can't wait to hear all of it!

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