Traditional Irish Music
We caught up with the Mórga on their recent Irish tour and did a review of the gig. It was upstairs in The Grand Social on a cold February night. They are a lively bunch of driven musicians who play with the veracity of the 1920's band's that so inspire them. The Flanagan Brothers got several mentions on the night. David Munnelly, their accordion player is like a tornado sweeping in off the eastern seaboard. You get caught up in the vortex of his destructively engaging music, leading as he does from the front. His Facebook profile picture is that of Animal from The Muppet Show. Appropriate indeed. He brought the same power and passion to his recent duet album with Mick Conneely called 'Tis What It Is. On our review of that we wrote that "it was late at night virtuoso music with both musicians in full flight attacking the tunes with laughter in their cheekbones and sweat on their brows". The same applies to Mórga in a way.
On the night David was matched note for note by fellow musician Danny Diamond. Danny is the same musician that partners with Aki exploring Irish, American and Nordic traditions. He uses an open-tuned fiddle and Aki plays nyckelharpa. This marriage of styles creates a drone-rich sound that is quite different to the norm. The rest of Mórga comprise two founding members, Dominic Keogh on Bodhrán and Jonas Fromseier on bouzouki and guitar. They add in equal measure to the package. In December 2013 they will release a new album called For The Sake of Auld Decency. For now here are a few live tracks that they have posted up from this years tour. www.morga.ie
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