Silver Threads is a debut album that brings together the sound of concertina and guitar across 12 tracks of mostly new compositions. It has been a long held desire of concertina player Yvonne Bolton and ex The Outside Track guitar player Alan Jordan to do something special. They had a wish to develop and record some of the melodies that have been seeping into their session life in the vibrant Limerick music scene. As an album it stands out as something slightly different to some of the more recent releases that we have heard. The combination of overall sound, delicate arrangements and the new compositions give it a slight artistic edge. Guitar and concertina generally work very well together as displayed here. If the musicians goal was to create some new and interesting melodies then they have succeeded.
In truth Silver Threads has 5 -6 outstanding tracks, which for any album starts to put it into classic territory. The Mermaids audio included below is a good example. It's modern, uplifting and brings you along on a pleasant cloud of melody that sets you at ease. The same could be said for any number of tracks including The Dreamer, Tippin Along or The Cellar, all self compositions, and all outstanding. For The Dreamer they bring on board Matteo Cullen on piano who adds something really special, elevating an already good track to a higher level. Included also are a couple of songs. One is a traditional number called Black Waterside played in F# which must have been a challenge for concertina. A self composition called New Road is also included and is delivered in a Nick Drake style with some very interesting guitar work. Dermot Sheedy on Bodhrán and Joe O Dubhghaill on Cello also feature as guest musicians. Add in some traditional tunes and you have the full package. Silver Threads is a great album that truly displays the talent that exists in this country. It is an album that you will return to again and again. It is slightly left of traditional center, and is modern, bright and very appealing.