Album Review - Noel Battle & Roisin Broderick / Up and About in the Morning

The humble harmonica makes a rather spectacular re entry into the tradition on Up and About In The Morning.  It’s a duet album featuring the talents of Noel Battle on harmonica and Roisin Broderick on concertina.  Also featured are Conor Broderick on piano and Joe Meehan on guitar.  For this recording both musicians played live in the studio with very little editing.  This delivers an honest and sprightly recording that captures the music the way it should be. There was no correcting of notes or lifting of parts in an effort to strive for flawlessness. They simply picked the tunes and sets and away they went.  Perfectly formed sets like Street Player/Cul Fada/Limerick Lasses and The Rainy Day/Captain Kelly's/Ballinasloe Fair emerge from the 17 tracks that are included.  It's predominately jigs and reels with the odd waltz, hornpipe and barndance.  Their raw approach to the music brings a spark of life to proceedings in a way that over produced recording simply doesn’t.  It’s not perfect, but then we don't want it to be as that would miss the point. What we want is music with a bit of life and a heart and that is what they deliver.

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