Traditional Irish Music
Moxie is a band that deserves to be heard. They have just released a four track CD featuring some of the music that has been highlighted on here previously. We had the opportunity of seeing them live at the UCD lunch time recitals and they are fine musicians. The band includes Cillian Doheny Tenor Banjo / Nylon & Steel String Guitar / Mandola, Jos Kelly Button Accordian / Keyboard, Darren Roche Button Accordian / Nylon String Guitar, Ted Kelly Tenor Banjo / Tenor Guitar / Mandolin and Paddy Hazelton Percussion. They are the fresh faced, bright young things of traditional Irish music today. Innovative and talented in their approach they create engaging music, turning standard tunes into something new. Nothing earth shattering, just fresh and thought provoking.
They mix a fine balance of traditional standards with some self composed tracks. The EP features four tracks. Elixer's Waltz with its driving banjo rhythms is a great opener. What Lies Behind The Wall features two traditional tunes by Johnny O' Leary and Mick McAuley and Bug & Bear's is a self composition that is effectively duelling banjos. The closing number Spike Island Lassies features compositions by Ed Reavy and Arty McGlynn and is more traditional in its approach. If they can push on from this point and develop a confidence and swagger in what they do then I for one will root for them and do my bit to support them in getting their music more widely heard.
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