Album Review - Áine Heslin / The Tunes Foundry

Strength of composition is very much to the fore in this compelling collection of new tunes from Clare flautist Áine Heslin. Prolific in her output, she has amassed a collection of tunes over the years and this recording brings 23 of them to life across 11 tracks. She displays an expressive and clear style of playing that accentuates the melody lines within the arrangements.  This has the effect of amplifying the more subtle movements within the tunes themselves, making them linger long enough to take root in your mind. Walking The Dog, the album opener is resplendent with its lilting melody and paired with A Tribute to Michael Tubridy, a tune dedicated to The Chieftains original flute player, it is a statement of intent with regard to what follows. She reigns in her creative spirit when required and brings a modern edge to tunes like Lady of the Hollow and the title tune The Tunes Foundry which with Round Wagtail and Lift Me, make for a great set of jigs.  All in all a very satisfying album of new music, with tunes that quickly start to settle in your mind. Recommended.

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