Album Review - Eoin Duignan / Timeless

There are times when you need to be transported to another place, a place where your imagination and spirit can take its own path and you can live in the moment. Eoin Duignan is one musician that can take you there with his musical world of low whistle and pipes. He can indeed weave a magical spell and within his music he can create the mood and atmosphere that allows you to take such a journey. It is sometimes a pleasure to have engagement beyond the normal structure of jigs and reels and on Timeless we have just the tonic, to be taken three times daily for a week and if you're not chilled out by then, repeat.

With 13 tracks in total chosen and arranged by Eoin from his three critically acclaimed albums, Coumíneol, Ancient Rite and Lumina you have time to savour the music and spirit of a musician steeped in the tradition. He was accompanied on  these albums by many of Ireland's leading musicians including Steve Cooney, Robbie Overson, Robbie Harris, Liam Bradley, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Máire Breathnach, Keith Donald and Trevor Hutchinson. Each track on Timeless has its own identity and several extend for seven, eight and nine minutes.  Each has a story or inspiration behind it with some coming from his time on the road. Taipei Jig, Breton Rhapsody and Road To Budapest bring influences from these journeys and their names indicate the music and countries that has informed and shaped their creation.

Ginny and the Teepee (what a name) is a great track that sets out at a meandering pace and the lifts into reel time and takes off with pipes and whistle tracking the melody with a lovely interplay. The track celebrates the visit of a dear friend who lived in a Tee-pee in Dingle for a year. That just about captures the free spirit nature of the friend and this music. Dance of the Gypsy Queen is equally as enchanting with guitar and whistle giving a slow and well constructed intro with the tune again taking flight. The rhythm's and syncopated accompaniment to Rogues and Rascals is also striking.

Eoin's music has an inner quality that needs to find a home within your imagination. It is informed by a lifetime of living and you can feel the rugged and wild beauty of Dingle within it's 13 tracks. Eoin has lived there since 1979 and it's landscape has no doubt influenced his spirit and creative mind.  Great music has the ability to take you places, both in your own mind and over the decades of time. The name "Timeless" was well chosen because that is what this music can be for the listener.

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Comment by NIAMH O BRIEN RHIANNON on April 29, 2012 at 9:25

I bought this album "Timeless" Just recently. It is a Really Beautiful CD Well done Eoin! I haven't stopped listening since I got it. It is an exquisite collection of beautifully crafted Irish and Exotic sounding textures of Music. Highly Imaginative and Fun. I'd highly recommend this album.

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