Album Review : Martin Tourish / Under a Red Sky Night

Under a Red Sky Night is unlike any album that has been released this year.  It is a breath-taking study of music from the tradition and beyond, that spreads its wings over a vast repertoire. My fascination led to an interview with Martin Tourish in which he says that his musical journey has taken him into a wide array of genres which are always about empathizing with whomever you are making music with. “You try to understand them as fully as is possible and a middle ground emerges where both can create something meaningful.” This album is a way of capturing those moments and like life itself, has variety in abundance. Many tracks are new interpretation's of influences from various musicians and collections of music that Martin has encountered over the years.  We will publish that interview with Martin shortly but in the interim we include a number of tracks to give this recording some context.

The TG4 Set starts with a two-part variation on the four-part highland Bog an Lochain which Martin associates with the band Altan. That tune by Altan morphed into this version. The second tune in the set is ‘Tuar’ and was modelled on Ríl Cois Claddaigh as composed by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh.  Elsewhere The James Tourish Collection provides inspiration for a set of polka’s which are included below, opening with a tune called Trip to Dingle by piano accordionist Alan Kelly.  This leads into two untitled Polka’s from the Tourish collection. Finally to show the breath of material offered we include a tune called The Missed Step.  

This is without doubt a masterful musical exploration that you will return to again and again. It is unpredictable, majestic and achingly mellow when required.  Twelve tracks feature the input of 21 musicians in total. An outstanding recording that steps outside the box in many respects, and showcases the creative tour de force that is Martin Tourish.

Visit www.martintourishmusic.com where you can listen to more tracks and purchase.

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