Traditional Irish Music
2014 is a year for debut recordings and Siobhán Kennedy steps forward with her new album Séid. Although she has appeared on many other recordings over the years it wasn't until she purchased a fully operational 8-keyed flute last year that she finally decided to get herself into a studio. Originally from Dundalk but now living in Germany she has played in many different ensembles, including Lá Lugh with Gerry O' Connor and Eithne Ní Uallacháin.
We have also not had many pure traditional flute albums this year and this debut fills that gap nicely. Jens Kommnick provides accompaniment on guitar, bouzouki as well as some additional cello and piano work.
This gives a nice overall balance and some variety to the recording, especially when a change of tone or texture is required. Its strong and expressive playing throughout with 3 songs among the 14 tracks. The switch from D flute on the opening tracks to B flat flute on the reels The Reel of Bogie/The Flattened Penny, a self composition, works very effectively and softens the overall sound.
The same combination of Siobhán's B flat whistle and flute combined with the cello of Jens on the slip jigs Arra Mountains/Father Bourke's/The Tailor's Thimble adds further to the variety of sound. These latter tunes are by Paddy O' Brien with tunes by Ed Reavy also featuring prominently. There is also a fitting tribute to her accordionist father with a clip from 40 years that acts as an introduction to one of the sets - very nice indeed. The songs are also not the usual fare and come from a variety of unusual sources including The Halsway Carol by hurdy gurdy player Nigel Eaton.
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