Album Review - Caladh Nua / Happy Days

As debuts go this establishes Caladh Nua as a band of the future. I love an album that kicks off with an energetic set of tunes, giving you a real sense of what the rest of the album will be like. This is Caladh Nua's first album and this is their first set. It's a set of reels called The Windmill Reel Set, and by the end of it you know where you stand. Little wonder that they have been signed by JMI, Canada's Folk & Blues Agency, and start a tour there in March this year.

They make a firm statement on Happy Days. We are here and we ain't going anywhere for some time. If Caladh Nua keep this quality up they will have a very bright future indeed. Production values, fine arrangements and great vocal performances are all here in abundance. It's a great debut album that brings an energy so necessary in traditional music. It displays five musicians on top of their game and having a fun time in the process. There is also something for those of you who like traditional song with a splendid rendition of Cad É Sin Don Té Sin.

This same standard of performance is repeated on the well know Templehouse Reel Set with Eoin O' Meachair to the fore with a virtuoso performance. This is followed by another beautiful song, Banks of the Lee by Lisa Butler. They close out on the Gravel Walks Set with guitar giving a lengthy opening joined by fiddle and then accordion. From there they really lift the pace to close out in fine style. If you get the opportunity to see them live, take it. Their future is guaranteed.

Buy and Listen www.caladhnua.com

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