Album Review - David Doocey / Changing Time

Changing Time is one of the surprise fiddle hits of the year.  As an album it succeeds because David Doocey has managed to combine the elements of a classic fiddle sound with twists and turns that are polished and modern. Accompanists Patrick and Kevin Doocey, Stephen and Kevin Doherty and Ryan Molloy add significantly to the feel and atmosphere of the recording.  It is also an album that becomes more expansive in sound and arrangement as it progresses.  The opening sets are traditional fiddle at its best, Martin Wynne's #2 paired with The Man From Dunblane.  It is strong and expressive playing that sets the tone for the album. The second track Collins'/The Mist Covered Mountain/Mary's Shoes introduces some great accompaniment on guitar, bodhrán and bass. The bass in particular is ever so expertly integrated into the sound creating a very powerful back beat to the track. The slightly jazzy/pop guitar intro to the third track takes the album in a slightly different direction.  The sound is building from the traditional numbers that preceded it with bass and drums more prominent. All the while the fiddle retains its sharp clarity at the center the track. The audio for this third track called The Broken Pledge/The Tatnut Magnet is included below and gives a good sense of the album.

On track four Ryan Molloy is introduced on piano and keyboard for some of the jazziest accompaniment recently heard.  If David gets the Oscar for leading man Ryan is most definitely in for the best supporting category.... if you get my drift.  It's a beautifully constructed track called Up Braid/Tory Fort Lane. The combination of Ryan's piano work and David's fiddle again light up the self composition A New Dawn written for a TV documentary about the Magdalene Laundries.  And on we go as the album closes out with the magnificent barndances Lucy Farr/Flanaghan Meets O' Hanlon with some very tasty variation and twists. If we had a 'track of the year' on Tradconnect this could easily be it.  On Man of the House/Laurel Tree/King of the Clans David plays concertina which again adds to the overall rounded feel of the recording and with a superbly executed near pop intro to Captain Kelly's slow reel, better known as Castle Kelly you get some great tracks.  Changing Time is a thoroughly entertaining and accomplished recording.  Its classic traditional fiddle combined with accompanist's that inject modern musical flourishes and arrangements that make it special. David has somehow managed to subtly marry these two elements into a traditional fiddle album for the 21st Century. Very rewarding and infinitely playable.
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Comment by Dulahan on October 9, 2013 at 9:31

Got to say we really like that soundcloud clip of David Doocey's.  If the rest of the album is as good as this, it's a must have. Well done sir!


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