Album Review - Peter Carberry & Pádraig McGovern / Forgotten Gems

From the opening notes of Joe Kilmurray's slip jig you know you are in the twilight zone of traditional music.  Accordionist Peter Carberry and piper Pádraig McGovern have moulded from their intuition and respect for the music, one of the year’s best albums.  Peter's accordion playing is mellow and sweet.  He swapped the established B/C style for the old-style ‘press-and-draw’ C sharp/D style and also had his basses tuned to the regulators of the pipes, creating this very different sound.  Their slow, steady and measured pacing of the tunes, the ornamentation, subdued drones and pauses within the tunes all make for captivating listening. From the beautifully regulated Last Night's Joy/The Lady's Cup of Tea where the bouzouki of Brian Mooney keeps them company for a while, to the staccato style of The Blackbird/The Chorus Reel  - it’s spellbinding.  Séamus O' Kane on bodhrán and Sabina McGovern on harp lend some additional support.  With 18 tracks and over 60 minutes of listening pleasure to keep you company this is perfection in traditional music.

To Purchase visit : www.carberrymcgovern.com

 

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