There is a hidden depth to this debut album by All-Ireland Champion fiddler, Lisa Ward.  The clarity and versatility of her ornamentation in particular stands out. She includes only two solo fiddle tracks, which open and close the album, and they are gritty and stark in their setting, revealing the expressive nature of her playing. They include The Humours of Glynn and the majestic sweeping Tommy People’s jigs as openers, and the reels The Trip to Nenagh and The Dash to Portobello to close out.

The jigs on the album in particular have a sharp and clear articulation to them.  Brian McGrath’s piano accompaniment as always is a sure companion, and the choice of so many, when a steady and sympathetic hand is needed. The rest of the album includes duet or ensemble numbers with Paul Meehan and Niamh, Orla and Sarah Ward joining in. These add the variety that is needed to open up the sound. It is however Lisa and her fiddle that resonate most, with any number of tracks worthy of mention. One of many great albums that fly low under the radar, and well worth checking out.

To find out more about the album visit www.lisawardmusic.com

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