John Carthy - At It Again ( Irish Herald )

“At It Again” is the third CD in a series of outstanding traditional Irish music CDs from John Carty, each as good as the last, if not better.

This third traditional CD from Shanachie also features John’s brother James, a wonderful flute player well-known in the London trad music scene. John and James Carty were born in London of Irish parents, and grew up immersed in the London trad music scene, in which their musician father played a prominent part. John moved home to the family farm in Ballinameen, near Boyle, Co Roscommon, in 1991.

John Carty plays in the Sligo style, a driving style with a “lift” that is the same style that his Roscommon-born father picked up when he was in his youth. John Carty is now considered one of the leading musicians in the Sligo style, in a country where once-distinct regional styles have been diluted to some extent. 

John Carty’s other main gig is as a member of At the Racket, in which he plays banjo, fiddle, and flute. That band features a happy combination of traditional instruments with “nouveau” instruments like the saxophone.

The CD’s liner notes feature fascinating comments on the history behind these tunes, many of which are from Carty’s native North Connaught. 

The recordings here all shine with the light, sweet touch of the fiddle, and the stringed accompaniment from the bouzouki/guitar is not overpowering. This works, since the melody and the melody instrument are the thing in Irish music, not the stringed accompaniment, which has been added to some traditional recordings in the last few years.

The tunes include the “The Sligo Maid”, a rolling, bouncy tune that seems effortless in its jaunty enthusiasm. You can’t but help feel elevated in spirit when you hear this tune played this way.
The “Copperplate” and the magical “Connemara Stockings” are just a couple of the other wonderful tunes to be heard on this CD. It’s all lovely music, easy to love and appreciate, whether you’re a musician or a punter.Buy Here

Irish Herald

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