Album Review - Peadar Ó Riada, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes / Triúr Arís

The music on Triúr Arís can be best described in the words of Martin Hayes from the sleeve notes when he says "Each time I play with Peadar and Caoimhín I feel as though I'm revisiting the wellspring of the music. We play with no mission other than to experience the music with as much feeling as possible.  For us the meaning, feeling and content of the melody takes preference over note perfect playing" 

This second outing for Triúr has 20 new compositions in total. Unencumbered by a need for destination they slowly take you down many untraveled roads.  This is music as it should be.  Caoimhín's low strung 10-string Setesdal-style hardanger fiddle adds an extra resonance to the recording.  It has an extra low string in addition to the standard four and then 5 sympathetic under strings that resonate and give extra texture.  This sits perfectly with Martin's laid-back and tranquil style, with many tracks benefitting from this arrangement. 

The opening reel titled I Don't give a Feck creates the perfect introduction to what Martin referred to earlier.  Even more so the following jig Cá Bhfuil an Solas? displays the magic simplicity of the music as it sprightly skips along with neither care nor worry.  For any budding musicians this should be a lesson with regard to pace. Likewise Maith Thú, A Mhuiris a polka dedicated to Muiris Ó Rócháin contains that same melodic flow. Inspiration for the music comes from all manner of characters that Peadar has encountered along the path of life.

In the company of Martin, Peadar and Caoimhín you should suspend analysis and simply let yourself be taken on a journey into the heart of the music, down the narrow bumpy boreen to the house of Peader where this recording took place.  The imperfections that Martin alludes to are non-existent to this particular ear. Over analysis, it must be said, can sometimes invade your consciousness to the point where enjoyment is compromised. In the company of three of the best exponents of this music, analysis is left where it should be, firmly outside the door.  Just enjoy!

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Comment by Kierah Raymond on February 2, 2013 at 2:48

I love Peadar's music. I just recorded Is Cumadhm Liom (I Don't Give A Feck) along with some traditional jigs and reels with the same meaningful lovely melodies......due out in May! Peadar's website is well worth looking at and reading all about his music and musical projects.

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