Triúr take us back once again to the fireside in Cúil Aodha, to the relaxed and ambient atmosphere that gives them their trademark sound.  Peadar Ó Riada, Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh make up Triúr and this is their third outing.  It’s a mellow exploration of 18 tunes from the pen of Ó Riada with the musicians slowly tracing their way through new melodic lines that reflect the importance of community.  Community as individuals and as place has a lasting impact on the human condition.  Its exploration through music in a house that has stood tall through decades of change is fitting.  With the crackling of the fire and the wind against the glass panes, this recording ever so delicately dances its way through some great new compositions. 

The musicians leave plenty of space for the tunes to find their way, to grow and to slowly fall back to their initial groove.  Their goal is to experience the music to its fullest with the imperfections which that may bring.  It’s vintage Triúr once again and is delivered with an ease and authority that allows them to approach these recording on their own terms.  The slower paced but more powerful tracks include the opening West Clare and East Clare Reels, Port Sadhbh written for Peadar's youngest daughter and Thinking of Micho in honour of whistle legend Micho Russell. Some tracks stretch beyond 7 minutes with airs paired with highland as on Omós do Francie Mooney.  Unusually, many of the tracks are single tunes, be they reels or jigs.  The Wonder of Fahy is a wonder of a tune that incorporates the melodic weaving lines that they describe within Paddy Fahy's compositions. Triúr take you inside the music once more on Ómos.  It follows very much in the path of their previous outings with the musicians happy to explore these new tunes without major fanfare. It’s three of our best muscians by the fireside playing their music their way.


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Comment by Tradconnect Reviews on April 26, 2014 at 7:09

Cheers Frank

Comment by Tom Morley on February 13, 2014 at 19:10

Okay, I played the soundlcloud track from the new Triúr CD so many times that I finally visited Pearar's excellent website and ordered it! (Not too pricey even with current euro-to-dollar conversion.) I look forward to hearing the entire disc thanks to your excellent review. Pearar has all kinds of goodies at his site, including videos and his original trad tune compositions written out in music notation & free for the downloading. I downloaded several and might teach them to my fiddle students now. From County Clare to County Baldwin (Alabama)!

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