Album Review - Enda Seery / The Winding Clock

The Winding Clock is the debut album by Enda Seery from Streamstown in Co. Westmeath. We are well aware on Tradconnect of his abilities both as a musician and as a composer.  From the opening notes of the first tune on the album which is the well known Roscommon Reel we are again reminded that Enda can deliver whistle music with a clarity and precision that is difficult to fault.  Secondly, his strength as a composer of real merit needs to be acknowledged.   It speaks volumes of his belief as a musician that he can deliver his own music in such an accomplished way on a debut album.  The opening set comprises the aforementioned Roscommon Reel followed by April Sunshine and Castle KellyApril Sunshine is a self composition that sits so naturally between these better known tunes that it could so easily be a traditional standard.  The Winding Clock is the second and title track on the album and has similar strength and appeal, delivered in an understated arrangement with John Byrne's guitar providing solo accompaniment.

His playing has an earthy, old school traditional feel, delivered in a precise and punchy way that is quite entrancing. Each track appears to have a different whistle and his collection seems to be extensive including
Sindt D, Sindt Eb, Susato C, Generation Bb, William Simmons D wooden whistle and more.  The different tracks therefore offer variety in sound and texture with the quality of delivery never waning across the 13 tracks that make up the album.  Rhythm,  breath control and a use of ornamentation that is never overly complicated makes this an album of real worth. His joyous delivery is best exemplified on the jigs The Ferbane Ledgend/Only For Barney/The Roaring Calves, a fine set indeed.  For future recordings it would be a delight to hear some of his compositions delivered in duet or trio setting.  We look forward to following him on his path to a second album which we know he is working on at the moment.   As a musician and composer he shows great promise and  you will no doubt hear a lot about him in  the future.  For now his debut album is a very worthy addition to the catalogue of great whistle albums.

1. Roscommon Reel/April Sunshine/Castle Kelly-Reels
2. The Winding Clock/Ballybrown Jig/Ber's Favourite-Jigs
3. Fonn an tSrutháin/Friday's Finest-Slow Air & Slow Jig
4. The American Hornpipe/Eamonn McGivney's-Hornpipes
5. The Leitrim Lilter/Richard Dwyer's/Jim Donoghue's/I Wish I Never Saw You-Reels
6. Fly in the Porter/Willie Coleman's-Jigs
7. Colonel Fraser's/Belles of Tipperary-Reels
8. The Ferbane Legend/Only for Barney/The Roaring Calves-Jigs
9. Carmel Mahoney Mulhaire/Congress Reel-Reels
10. Cailin na Gruaige Báine-Slow Air
11. The Bellharbour Reel/The Old Road to Garry/Swallow's Tail-Reels
12. Easter Sunday/The Stage Hornpipe-Hornpipes
13. Colonel McBain's/Grogan's Favourite/The Green Fields of Rossbeigh-Reels

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