Album Review - Eithne Ní Uallacháin, Gerry O' Connor, Desi Wilkinson / Cosa gan Bhróga

Gael Linn continue their work of re releasing classic albums that may have been forgotten about over the decades.  If nothing else it displays the timeless nature of this music and how 26 years later it can still retain its creative edge. "First released in 1987, this classic album features music from Oirialla in County Louth and farther afield. It is now available on CD for the first time. The exquisite vocals of Eithne Ní Uallacháin are paired with the dynamic playing of Gerry O’Connor on fiddle and Desi Wilkinson on flute and tin whistle". Eithne's untimely death in 1999 has indeed been a great lost. This is exemplary music. It retains it old world charm and at the same time could have been recorded yesterday. In an age when recordings are getting modern twists it is great to hear what musicians were at over two decades ago. There is a great mix of jigs, reels, highlands and four songs from a truly beautiful traditional voice. The musicians take their solo spots as well creating an album of contrast and beauty.

According to the new and very extensive sleeve notes that have been added, "after this release Gerry and Eithne went on to release Lá Lugh (1992), Brighid’s Kiss (1996) which was voted Album of the Year, and Senex Puer (1998). Gerry is also a founding member of the group Skylark and has recorded four albums with them. Desi Wilkinson is recognised as one of our finest musicians, playing an emphatic style based on the Sligo-Leitrim tradition. Cosa gan Bhróga the auspicious debut album of all three artists, remains a testimony to their artistry and craft."

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