Album Review - Davoc Rynne / The Humours of Ennistymon

Davoc Rynne writes an impressive autobiography within the sleeve notes of this his debut album.  From humble musical beginnings in 1952 when he cycled to his first piano lessons in Prosperous Co. Kildare to the present day, it is quite a stretch. A life of music, friendships and songs from the road of life were his lot.  Going into a studio was probably not on his list of priorities and were it not for the prompting of his brother-in law Barry Moore ( aka Luka Bloom ) it may never have happened. Luka felt he had an unusual style and a great story to tell which would be worthy of recording.  Reflecting on his earlier life he states that "learning traditional music in the 60's was different as books and lessons were unheard of and instruments were scarce".  However he took to the whistle and hasn't put it down since.  From the pubs of Properous in the 60's where rogues, rascals and ruffians came out to play to his present day home in Clare it has been a life of music.

Back in the early years, Pat Dowling’s pub in Prosperous became a hotbed of music with the Moores and Lunnys being the most prominent families.  There Davoc met up with Christy Moore and his sister Anne Moore who he went on to marry.  While contemplating doing the album last year he casually asked Christy would he play bodhrán on it and within four weeks they were all sitting around in the studio playing the music that they know so well. The clan as Davoc describes them consisted of Anne Rynne, Luka Bloom, Mick Devine, Trish Dillon, Davoc Rynne, Christy Moore, Eoin O' Neill, Conor Byrne , Johnny Hehir and Quentin Cooper on sound.

Listening to the album is like being invited into a country house with a big open fire on a winters evening where neighbours and friends have gathered to play and sing.  With jigs, reels and hornpipes aplenty there is a warm and atmospheric feeling radiating from the recording.  The clan have gathered and the music that springs forth is a snapshot of a typical evening’s entertainment.  Recorded over six hours with humming along to the melody the order of the day, it’s real and genuine music with the twin whistles of Davoc and Trish Dillon dominant throughout.  It’s this honesty that wins you over. Nothing is forced or over orchestrated  and it comes across as people sitting down for a night’s traditional music.  The songs are likewise restrained and as natural as the day is long.  Carrigdhoun and Blackwater Side by Anne Rynne and The Galtee Mountain Boy by Christy Moore are included with minimal accompaniment and sound great.  The tunes are likewise familiar with The Pipers Despair, The Congress and the title tune The Humours of Ennistymon all there. The whistle playing of Davoc and Trish is authentically traditional and with a lovely flowing style they rise above the accompaniment in perfect unison.  For its bright fresh and authentic approach The Humours of Ennistymon is a thoroughly enjoyable album and for Davoc Rynne it is a record of a great life in music.


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Comment by Bernard Keilty on December 4, 2012 at 0:09

Well, I couldn't agree more with the album review conveying a night of warm traditional music at home. I found the album to be quite pleasing being a beginner whistler. Additionally, I found the album liner notes about Davoc's life to be funny, real funny, o.k. hilarious! I would've paid the cost of CD just to obtain the liner notes. Wishing the album the fullest success it so rightfully deserves.

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