Album Review - Shane Hayes / Small Towns in Built-up Areas

The name Shane Hayes will loom large on your musical horizon in the very near future.  There is a tune on this album called Socks in the Frying Pan. Remember that name because it is the name for a new band featuring Shane Hayes on accordion, Fiachra Hayes on fiddle/banjo and Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals.  Their debut album will be out next week. So we arrive to this album a little late, which is never a problem when the music is good.  There are some cracking sets of music here. Starting with Frank's Reel/Pachelbel's Frolic's and also the great Liz Carroll tune The Reel Beatrice, paired with, Socks in the Frying Pan and Farewell to Chernobyl.  Crackers the lot of them.  In fact this is a very reel driven recording that zips along at a tremendous pace. Six sets of reels in total.

In the tune notes Shane pays homage to all the people that have inspired him along the way.  Friends, teachers, neighbours and of course the aforementioned Liz Carroll and others.  It is great to see appreciation given.  Developing the music within you takes inspiration in many forms.  Absorbing, listening and learning are an essential part of the creative process.  Shane has without doubt listened and learned. The album also features some well known tunes like The Cliffs of Moher, Connaughtman's Rambles, Club Ceili, The Cup of Tea and others which for people learning music is always a good thing.  These tunes are played regularly and it is always great to hear different versions of them. With Aodán Coyne on guitar and some friends in support they give these old tunes some fresh life.  We await with anticipation Shane's new band, and for now this album is a really good introduction to his music.


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