Delivering an album of Celtic fingerstyle guitar is as difficult a task as any in the Irish tradition. Doing it on your own, with your skill stripped bare for all to see is an even more daunting task. Maintaining the highest of  standards throughout the album takes a player of some technical skill and in Anton Emery we have such a player. The trick with an album like this is to create an evocative and contemplative setting that gives the listener something more than just the technical execution of the tune. It's akin to the feeling you get when listening to Van morrison, where the words fade behind the mystical feeling that is created.

Anton's technical ability is never in doubt and the finished tunes step off the sheet and have a resonance that satisfies. Defining this quality is difficult. You know it when you hear it and that is what matters. The clean production also deserves mention as the resultant sound is crisp, fresh and free from the reverberation that can sometimes irritate. His tune selection takes in a fine rendition of Father Kelly's, Noon Lasses and other well know session tunes with the addition of Turlough O'Carolan and other composers.

Completing this recording in such fine style must surely open the door to a collaboration. It would be a delight to hear Anton in the company of uilleann pipes, concertina or fiddle thereby bringing his music to a much wider audience. We await with anticipation.


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