Traditional Irish Music
Fiddle player Anna Falkenau has just released a new album of traditional fiddle music called Féileacán na Saoirse. It features tunes from the Irish and American old-time music traditions, as well as some original compositions.Contributors to the record include Ged Foley and Kevin Hough (guitar), Holly Geraghty (harp), Mary Shannon and Lena Ullman (banjo), Steve Sweeney (accordion) and Johnny McDonagh (bodhrán).
It’s a reserved and textured approach to the music with the raw, exposed honesty of the tunes taking precedence in the mind of the artist. Tracks like the hornpipes Fitzgerald's/Bushmills are approached on solo fiddle and benefit from this stripped-back approach. The opening reels The House on the Hill/The Leading Role also flow with a relaxed tempo with Shannon and Hough providing the accompaniment. It's refreshing to hear music slowed down and explored in a manner that reveals more of its basic structure, especially for those that seek to learn this fine art. All in all a satisfying and enjoyable recording that delivers some impassioned melodies that really connect with the listener.
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