Traditional Irish Music
Belfast-born uilleann piper John McSherry and Detroit natives Tyler Duncan and Michael Shimmin have been planning this album for some time. In early 2012 they got together, not in a studio or rehearsal space as you would expect but over the Internet. They composed and wrote the music and then tick tacked back and forth across the Atlantic divide via Skype. Once started, stopping was not an option as the creative spirit took hold. They discovered a real synergy in their collective approach. The outcome is a series of trance like explorations of contemporary traditional music with layers of rhythms, beats and melodies. As a result of their backgrounds it is a very pipe and low whistle driven recording. A pulsating bass drives the music along accompanied by a multitude of back beats and rhythms. Echoes of early Cormac Breatnach can be heard in some of the whistle material. Alternatively imagine The Bothy Band plugged into some celestial Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds vibe and you might get a sense of the creativeness of the recording. We have not been here before, not fully anyway.
References to modern day bands like Radiohead and Coldplay have been made but are probably a bit wide of the mark. However to describe the music as "lush with trance-like melodies, stunning instrumental virtuosity and a magical marriage of tradition and technology" may more accurately get across what we are talking about. A couple of listens and it most definitely takes hold with the melodies starting to twirl and twist in your head. Before you know it you have been drawn into the world of these musicians and you realise that you are listening to something new and special. With 8 tracks weighing in at six to seven minutes each, this is not your run of the mill traditional album. It's available to listen to on their website so check it out for yourself. I for one am now a follower.
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