Album Review : Florence Fahy / Tunes from the Flaggy Shore

It is no surprise that one of the best traditional albums of late, once again features concertina. This debut release by Co Clare musician Florence Fahy stands shoulder to shoulder with the best that Clare has to offer. The concertina more than any instrument seems to capture the essence of the music, and Florence Fahy, now resident in Boston, delivers a classic recording.

Her effortless approach is like a river flowing through the music. The lilt and rhythm of the tunes shines brightest when she plays solo or with a minimalist approach to accompaniment, and for a debut artist this is quite the achievement.

The hornpipe set featuring The Cuckoo’s Nest/The Swan exemplifies the reserved and delicate approach of her playing. A set given to her by the late Dympna O'Sullivan, it packs an extra emotional punch.

The clarity of expression on the Lark in the Morning jig set should be a template for any aspiring young player, and the same applies to a solo set of barndances that include The New Broom and If There Weren’t Any Women in the World.

Family and community are a constant theme with her inspirational father Mairtín looming large in her youth as a player of note. He often sat by the fire learning new tunes from old recordings, and Florence carries that particular torch forward to a new generation, adding some of her own magic along the way.

Expect to see a raft of young concertina players from the greater Boston area competing in the Fleadh in the coming years, with this recording firmly tucked into their back pockets.

Tunes from the Flaggy Shore is now on release and can be purchased from her website or from

The album is also available as a free download for radio broadcasters that are members of our Download Centre here on Tradconnect. Contact us for details.

You can read our album launch article here

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