Album Review - Dónal McCague / Bits 'N' Pieces

Dónal McCague - Bits 'N' Pieces

Well we all knew this album was on the way from TradConnect member Dónal McCague. I first heard a soundbite on Twitter and thought we have to get him onto TradConnect.

So impressed am I by this debut album that I had to go and play some of my old albums by McGann/Brady, MacGabhann, Peoples, Rooney, Carty and others to make sure that my ears were not deceiving me. Was it actually that good? Well the answer is yes. From start to finish this is an album that will remain for a long time as a favourite and in Dónal we have a new star that will rival the above great names and may actually surpass them. Donal stays true to the tradition with a sound and style that brings me back to those great albums by McGann. Like McGann the use of the musical pause is refreshing to hear again. Oisin MacDiarmada capture's the essence of the album very well on the album notes where he states that "Dónal succeeds in bringing his influences together in combination with his own musical imagination. On this recording, Dónal shows himself master of capturing in his playing a wide variety of emotion"

Tunes such as The Connaughtman's Rambles and The Maid Behind The Bar are included and show Dónal's respect for the tradition. They are re-imagined and presented with a freshness that show what can be achieved in the hands of a player with Dónal's talent. The accompanying artists are Michael McCague on guitar, Brian McGrath on piano and Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh on bodhrán who provide a perfect background and never overpower the music.

I am sure that this is the start of a wonderful journey for Dónal and for anyone interested in Irish music and traditional fiddling in particular I would say do not let this album pass you by. Listen & Buy

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