Album Review - Fullset / Notes at Liberty

We highlighted Fullset as a group to watch out for in 2012 and they certainly do not disappoint on their debut album "Notes At Liberty".  They produce an exciting, lively and refreshing take on the music.  The band include Séan McCarthy (Uilleann Pipes), Michael Harrison (Fiddle), Janine Redmond (Accordion), Teresa Horgan (Flute & Vocals), Eamon Moloney (Bodhrán), and Andrew Meaney (Guitar)

On the opening uilleann pipe driven set The Oak Tree/The Laurel Tree/Moll & Tiarna they show their assured capabilities and take a well known set of tunes and give it a deeply refreshing lift.  They describe the second set of hornpipes as chilled out and it certainly is.  Accordion and guitar in perfect unison open up the set that comprises Horse Keane's Hornpipe/Paddy Gone To France/Eddie Moloney's with the rest of the group then picking up the pace.  The vocals by Teresa on the third track  Boys of Bedlam have the air of a seasoned and well travelled songstress and they fit very well in this group context.  Even more surprising is her version of Seven Gypsies which is the Nic Jones version, better known to us as "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy". This is a beautiful version that will no doubt be cropping up again and again in sessions.  It allows the opportunity for accompaniment that works very well indeed especially with Janine's accordion jumping in with little runs that fill out the song to great effect.

This marks the halfway stage of a 10 Track album that continues to deliver on each and every track. This album will raise Fullset's profile to a deservedly high position and if they can continue to deliver music of this quality then they can match the achievements of the great groups of the past and present.  Their future is in their hands and we will watch with great anticipation.

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Comment by Ian Stock on April 13, 2012 at 7:45

This band are quality. I especially like Michael Harrison's fiddle playing, and Andrew Meaney's guitar is driving without being intrusive. I'm not so sure about the songs - a bit too 'poppy' for me, but they make them work. The CD design is not afraid to present trad in a contemporary setting, which in my opinion suits it just fine. Looking forward to catching them in the U.K.

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