Traditional Irish Music
Rónán Regan and Irene Guckian must take great delight in the musical entwinement of their fiddles as they explore the music of Leitrim and the surrounding hinterland. Their interest in this area has formed the basis of an MA thesis by Irene, with her research covering the South Leitrim and Longford area which is historically known as Conmhaicne. They describe the music as having a lifty, flowing style with expressive ornamentation which succinctly captures the mood of the album. Their distinctive lyrical and rhythmic style of playing, inherited from those around them and down through generations, defines nearly every tune. The reels Blessing’s Creamer and Ó Maoilbheannachta Mac Thréinir are great examples of this approach and style. With perfectly mirrored bowing, their music flows, reaching clearly defined crests and troughs. The piano playing of Mick Blake tracks their journey through 18 tracks in total, with their jigs having as solid a heartbeat of rhythm as their reels have melodic flow. This gives the album a distinctive feel that sets it apart from recent albums. In fact we have not had a fiddle duet album in quite some time, so a welcome addition all round.
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