Traditional Irish Music
Three household names in traditional music combine to form the new ensemble that is The Alt. The musicians are John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy and Eamon O'Leary and on this debut, they deliver 11 outstanding tracks. The dual guitar/bouzouki work of Doyle and O'Leary is ever so intricately constructed and contributes significantly to the overall sound achieved. It flows in layers around the songs and in the process wraps you up in the artist’s own musical world. Listen to the latter half of Lovely Nancy which we include below, and it will give you a strong sense of their approach.
They push this string interplay to even higher levels of excellence on subsequent tracks like What Put the Blood and others. Combine this with the outstanding harmonies that flow across all the tracks and you have an album of true worth. To cap it all off you have the integration of Kennedy’s flute into the mix. She seeks out the mellow side when required, but it’s her intros, outros and instrumental breaks that bring life and purpose to the tracks.
Outstanding arrangements predominate including Going for a Soldier Jenny / The Chandelier and Finn Waterside, a song from the Sam Henry collection. They balance this with some reflective moments as on the Scottish lament Cha Tig Mór Bhean Dhachaigh which is a real treat. The Alt renew your faith in the beauty of good material, sweet harmonies and well-crafted arrangements. An album that will not disappoint.
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