Album Review : The O' Carolan Family / A Language Within

A Language Within from the O' Carolan Family is one of those unassuming recordings that hits all the right notes from the off.  Like The Friel Sisters debut from this year or Lá Ag Ól Uisce from 2013 its one of those great recording that could easily go under the radar without the recognition it deserves.  It delivers everything that is required of a top notch traditional album. It features the talents of Steven, Karen and Ciaran with support from a fine array of additional musicians providing everything from the usual guitar, bodhrán and bouzouki to double bass, harp and cello. It also features 12 new compositions from the pen of Steven O' Carolan with many of them outstanding.  One great track which features his accordion is Sean Mc Laughlins/Eugene O' Donnells/Caoimhín Ní Dhochartaigh's and it is included below

In truth you could pick any of its 12 tracks and not be disappointed such is the paired back simplicity of their music. Immigrants Waltz and the reel Abandon Ship were written for "The Titanic Project" and also feature a strong percussive backing. There are a couple of detours into European tunes that ever so slightly detract from the otherwise beautifully constructed traditional theme. The close out of the album is typical of what preceded it.  The fiddle of Karen drives the jigs Peadar O' Donnell's/Thran Maggies/Inver Bank along with the voice of Ciara Mc Cafferty featuring on an Eddi Reader inspired song called The Wild Mountainside. The last track on the album is a powerful set of polkas from the pen of Steven.  Happily words alone are not the only means available to give you an idea of what’s on offer - the audio below will give you a real taster of what to expect on this superb outing by the O' Carolan Family.

Available from www.cdbaby.com/cd/theocarolanfamily

 

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Comment by Candace R. Corrigan on April 29, 2014 at 12:25

I love this

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