Traditional Irish Music
Skippers Alley are a new group of musicians that have come together with some ideas and a bunch of tunes and songs. They are testing things out I would say on this short 4 track EP that could be described as straight and contemporary traditional, mixed in with some folk elements. Not really sure where to place them on the traditional ladder . The EP includes two songs and two instrumental tracks with two of them being standout pieces of work. Skippers Alley are furrowing the same creative ground as groups like Moxie with their expansive arrangement, long intros, tempo shifts etc. The opening set starts out with a Mairtin O' Connor composition called Rockin' the Boattaken from his excellent The Road West album. They pair it with Wreckin' the Gaff and the better known The Swallow's Tail which is included below. Impressive stuff stretched out to 6 minutes. Also impressive is the cover of the Sam Amidon song Wild Bill Jones which we wrote about earlier. Great arrangement and very well sung. It's great discovering new groups as they set out and Skippers' Alley could be on the cusp of greatness if they build on this impressive EP. Three great tracks out of four is not bad for an opener. Now lets have the album and see what you are really made of.
Skippers Alley is made up of 7 members including John Flynn - Vocals, Guitar, Flute, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin - Vocals, Flute, Concertina, Cathal Caulfield - Fiddle, Viola, Paddy Cummins - Banjo, Mandola, Fionnán Mac Gabhann - Uilleann Pipes, Tin Whistle, Eilís Lavelle - Harp, Cian Ó Ceallaigh - Bodhrán.
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