Album Review : Oisín & Conal Hernon / Across the Sound

Across the Sound is the latest recording from Inis Mór residents Oisín and Conal Hernon. They have previously recorded in 2008 on an album called Up and Coming / Ó Ghlúin go Glúin. This however is different, as it comprises all new compositions from the brothers. We launched the album on Tradconnect some time back, and Oisín explained that the arrangements grew in scope throughout the recording process, with musicians like Tara Breen on fiddle, Tommy Keane on pipes and Eugene Killeen on bass and percussion, having a bigger than planned input.  

The tracks are more experimental in nature as a result, and the incorporation of bass and percussion lift the overall sound and give it a new dimension. The first track is set of reels called An Chéad Síol that opens with banjo and bouzouki, and like many other tracks, develops a much wider canvas with piano and bass filling out the sound. Simple Pleasure/Tom Mhaidhle’s are a great pair of banjo reels dedicated to fellow musician Tom Mhaidhle Joyce.  Coley Mhaidhc’s March features Tommy Keane on pipes and Eugene Killen on drums for a solid traditional march which they follow with an equally refreshing polka. This is powerful, fully formed music that engages on many levels. The strength of the compositions and the arrangements all point to musicians with a firm grasp of their music. The result is a fine and varied recording.

The album has been released by Cló lar-Chonnacht and is now available for purchase from their website. Just click on the icon below.



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