'The Reel Note' CD by The Mulcahy Family released July 2016

I have gotten several lovely Trad CDs over the last few seasons and enjoy them immensely. But my favorite is Irish Flute music.

So when I learn that the Mulcahy's have a new CD I am all ears knowing how great a Flute player Louise is. It was a shock to me the last time,  I did not want again to pay postage from Ireland. So when on FB I ask Louise if they are publishing over digital/MP3, she sends  a link to CDBaby. Soon I have it delivered to my PC in digital form.

I enjoy this lovely CD so much it is on auto replay all evening. I hardly know where to begin with what I love about this release. Like all their previous recordings it has that 'back-home' quality to it that takes such as myself to the times when I enjoyed live some of the best Irtrad of its time in Ireland.

As well 'The Reel Note' brings to mind my earliest recollection of hearing the music as a small child. I can almost see the old 'Settlebed' where once I rested while the big folk set about a night of music and dancing. Of course in those days there was no record, nor radio, it was always live. Some of the tracks on this CD have the characteristic Irish warmth, often lacking in off-shore performers, that reminds me of the 'featherdown' mattresses which were the lining of such furniture. When Louise gets going on her lovely performance of  'The Munster Jig/Old Hag You Have Kilt Me', I am sinking into the downy coziness of an old Irish Thatched Cottage back in the 1950s.

Yup, this work is that good. Too the lovely local flavor of their homeplace shows in the unique phrasing of the music, and on 'The Reel Note' it is as stong as ever! Nice to hear a popular band retain that local touch when so many others soaked in CCE fallacy sound like a motor racing contest,  boring and annoyingly predictable! 

Since I am somewhat prejudiced, liking the Mulcahys so much, I guess my recommend needs to be tempered with a dash of comparison. But today there isn't anything as sweet and true, to my taste, that does compare! Perhaps old LPs such as Ennis, Coleman have that peaty aroma to them.

In effect if you haven't listened to this release you are missing something very special.

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