Traditional Irish Music
Deluce's Patent are a four piece band hailing from the Counties Kerry and Cork. Featuring Deirdre Granville, Adrian Spillett, Conor O' Sullivan and Evelyn O' Connor, they play music with varying influences. On this their debut album they may have found something that is quite appealing. Not fully there yet, but underneath the surface there is the beginning of something that I haven't heard for quite a while. The rumblings of how to take the folk/traditional music that underscores this collection of songs and possibly find a new direction. They are dipping their toes into the music of the greats and cover Bob Dylan, Warron Zevon, Richard Thompson and others. They also provide a number of self compositions and within the entire package there are the grains of something better. It's a break from the conventional and if they can develop the mood and lyrical approach of their music into a more metaphorical and abstract form, then they could furrow some new ground. This may not be on their particular horizon but a marrying of the likes of Ryan Adams with Irish folk and traditional could be an interesting adventure.
The above should not detract from this debuts worth. Deluce's Patent sound fresh even when covering some of the greats. They inventively give the harp a new outlet and combine it in the arrangements to good effect. Bob Dylan's Man In the Long Black Coat is well covered. Conor O' Sullivan's voice has enough appeal to sit easy with you. John Neville and Martin Leahy's Cotton Wool on Blue introduces us to some fine songwriters. The traditional material and in particular the closing song Land of The Gael has enough emotion to give Evelyn O' Connell a bright future. Even though it is an album of varying influences Deluce's Patent are setting themselves up as a new and potentially exciting prospect, and if they can take us in a new direction then I for one will join them on that journey.
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