Album Review - Unfolding / Young Music From East Clare

Unfolding is an album by a group of young musicians associated with The Music Room in Tulla, East Clare and in particular their concertina teacher, Mary Mac Namara. The album was produced as a fundraiser for music exchanges which proved successful, with the album receiving great support.  As an album of music however it stands as a great barometer of where traditional music is at in this country and the wealth of young talent that is pushing standards ever higher.  

The opening tracks by Sorcha Costello, Aisling Hunt, Brian Donnellan, Sinead Mulqueen, Michael Landers and Aisling Lyons shows a standard and maturity of playing way beyond their years. These musicians aged 17 or 18 deliver some beautifully paced reels and jigs. Sorcha and Brian show up again on the closing track The Maid Behind The Bar/Paddy Ryan's Dream which we include below.

All 14 tracks have the same authentic and natural flowing honesty to them. Recorded live, they capture the next generation of musicians, many of whom will become household names. The nurturing of this talent has evolved from what is still a community approach with these young musicians mingling and playing with older musicians in the bar’s and hall’s of Feakle, Co. Clare. Set all that aside however and you can enjoy a remarkably enjoyable hour of music that will inspire.  It’s simply great music from the some of Clare’s best young musicians.

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