Album Review - Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha / Draíocht Na Feadóige

The one thing that can be said about albums put out by Cló lar-Chonnacht is that they are resplendent in their presentation and detail. It takes you back to the days of old vinyl where you had something of quality to read or browse as the music unfolded before you.  And boy does the music unfold.  21 tracks that display the enviable talents of Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha along with a collection of musicians that bring it all to life. The free flowing and mellow sound of Neansaí’s D and E flat flutes combined with her equally enthralling ornamentation that peppers each tune makes for some brilliant tracks.  

Jack Talty’s piano and Eoin O’ Neill on bouzouki feature prominently throughout.  As is the way these days the talent and musicianship is unquestionably high.  The making of the album however is the way the tracks flow and interest is maintained .  Two flute tracks of searing quality open up the album.  Then the accordion of Johnny Óg Connolly takes on a duet role with flute once again for the hornpipes Máistir Chor na Rón/The Navigator. A marvelously tempered slow air follows called Táimse im chodladh is ná dúistear mé.  The next track introduces the tin whistle and the following has the pipes of Meaití Jó Shéamuis Ó Fátharta for Tongs by the Fire/Geese in the Bog. And on we go through 21 tracks, each bringing something new and interesting.  Draíocht Na Feadóige scores 10 out of 10 on so many fronts.  It’s the full package in every respect and with 70 minutes of music it keeps its structure and quality from start to finish.  

To download or purchase the album visit Cló lar-Chonnacht 

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Comment by Arsène Cormier on January 31, 2015 at 6:28
I allready bought the album and learning tunes from it. Very inspiring!

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