Album Review - Cathal Clohessy & Éamonn Costello / Bosca Ceoil and Fiddle

There are times when we should treat ourselves to music that has at its core the essence of what it's all about. This is always best appreciated in duo's or trio's.  The accordion and fiddle combo have featured over the years on many great recordings and when they fuse it can indeed be a magical pairing.

On Bosca Ceoil and Fiddle Cathal Clohessy and Éamonn Costello have now added to this collection. It is an album that hits all the right notes and creates some magic in the process. They have pared the music right back and have opted to present it in a refreshingly clear and crisp manner. They have intentionally divided the album into three sections: duets on button accordion and fiddle, trio on button accordion, fiddle, and bouzouki, and accordion and fiddle solos.  It is gently restrained music that lets the tunes live and breath. It is traditional music as it should be played and it is an album that you can fall in love with. The arrangements are perfect.

The Stray-Away Child is a lovely five part jig to open the album with. Likewise Sean Ryan's/Return To Milltown/Farewell to Milltown which is predominately accordion shows what a self assured player Éamonn is. He takes the tunes, and with a great tone that he gets from his accordion, delivers a beautiful set. With his home being the Connemara Gaeltacht, his playing has been very much influenced by the music of North Connaught region according to the album notes and this is evident here. As a pair they tackle the reels The Tempest/Farrell O' Gara's/Rhattigan's and deliver as tight a combination as your are likely to encounter on any album.  I haven't had the pleasure to listen to many accordion and fiddle duet albums recently and having listened to Bosca Ceoil and Fiddle I am quickly realising what a pleasure I have been missing. It's good to get back to basics and these musicians deliver an album worthy of their talents. It captures two musicians with a deep love and understanding of the music.


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