Album Review - Dylan Foley & Dan Gurney / Irish Music from the Hudson Valley

Irish Music from the Hudson Valley is a tribute to Father Charlie Coen and Mike McHale. Both emigrated to the US in the 50’s and found their way to the Catskill’s where they taught music to a young Foley and Gurney who were beginning their journey into traditional music. Foley and Gurney are now best known as members of New York band The Yanks and they have released two group albums already. Both musicians have also released a solo album each. The Yanks albums were outstanding recordings made all the more authentic as a result of a live approach to recording with little in the way of editing.

This approach pays dividends once again on this duet album and it may very well be their finest hour. It's an exemplary recording, rich in colour and bursting with an energy that defines any great session that you have ever had the pleasure of witnessing. That’s what they sought to achieve with their ‘all in one room playing great live music’ approach.  It truly delivers.  Brian McGrath and Alec Finn provide the accompaniment as they play their way through 12 sets of tunes, many of which were part of their repertoire with Father Charlie and Mike all those years ago.

The music coming out of New York City of late demands more coverage. Foley and Gurney are at the very heart of it and will be for some time to come based on this recording. If you haven’t discovered them to date then this is a great introduction. They will take you back to the well of inspiration that so many musicians seek with an album that has ‘classic’ stamped all over it. It flows freely from their reeds and strings and it is a strong contender for album of the year. Outstanding music in every way.

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