Traditional Irish Music
Alan Kelly and his gang have recorded The Last Bell live in order to, as they say “capture the feeling and magic that can only happen when all of us are working together in musical unity and in the moment”. This creates a vibrant and dynamic flow to the tracks that in truth is trademark Kelly. Alan has been producing some outstanding music for quite some time, offering a richer and more diverse template of sounds than many other bands. His gang has varied and this time it includes Steph Geremia (flute /vocal /sax & whistle), Alasdair White (fiddle), Tony Byrne (guitar), Manus Lunny (bouzouki), with guests Ewan Vernal (bass), Martin O’Neill (bodhran), Jim Higgins (percussion), Aidan Brennan/Ian Carr/John Douglas (Guitar ) and Eddi Reader ( Guest Vocal).
The thundering beat of guitar and bass on the opening Millhouse Reels epitomise the energy that is evident on the album, as well as the way in which they catch that feeling of creative interplay and jostling for position within the tunes. However it’s the detail and inventiveness on tracks like the 7 / 8 time Low Flying Polo by Steph Geremia or the beautiful hop jig Shetland Sky which they pair with the distinctive rhythmic swing of a pair of Gavottes that open up the album. On the vocal side the maturity of arrangement on songs like Music Makers and The Poorest Company which feature the vocal of Steph Geremia are likewise outstanding. The result is a beautifully robust and energetic album from one of the best bands around.
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