Traditional Irish Music
The following is a quote from Mike Harding "Two blokes at the top of their mark, one of the world's best melodeon players and one of the world's best mouth organ players" This very well describes Brendan Power and Tim Edey live at the Harcourt Sessions last night. Supported by the Jennifer Byrne Band with some great original material ( which we must return to sometime ) Tim and Brendan took to the stage with a cracking version of The Mountain Road. You most definitely won't have heard it played like this before as they twisted and turned it into a jazzed up version of its former self. If you had come for a night of pure traditional Irish music you might be a bit disappointed because that's not what Power and Edey are about. They take some well known tunes and push them to the boundaries of other genres with jazz and blues infused arrangements that are quite mesmerising at times.
Despite some problems with his guitar Tim is covering every single fret with his capo sliding sometimes two and three times within the one tune. It’s innovative and inspiring music influenced as it is by their various backgrounds. Brendan's blues influenced youth is evident as he tackles I'm a Harmonica Man a 12 bar blues number. Not only that but they delve into a Bulgarian tune learned from a fellow member of the Riverdance troupe, during Brendan’s time touring with them, called Dance of the Danube. Brendan would also give KT Tunstall a run for her money with the use of his loop pedal, during a song about his local pub called The Old Neptune. They even do a Chinese number called Jasmine Flower on a specially designed harmonica. They are inventive and musically brilliant as they spar off each other onstage in a set that they say is not predetermined. Leave your Comhaltas tune book firmly outside the door and enjoy a night in Tim and Brendan's company. You won't be disappointed.
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