Tuning The Road, Louise Mulcahy Flute, Uilleann Pipes & Whistle, CD 2014

I have followed the Mulcahy family for a long time, first on YouTube and such, then reading about them on Tradzines. Consisting of Mick, father, and daughters Michele and Louise, they seemed to me to be so good I had to keep after their performance for more of what is something to look forwards to, like the music of the house dances back in the old days.

One clip, Jig selection, including The Cordial, I bootlegged onto my YouTube pages is heading towards  a million hits, and if that is not enough to make the case, I see other clips on other YouTuber's pages roaring too.

So when I found the first Mulcahy family CD on Amazon I had to have it. But that was then, a couple of years ago, last week or so I read about Louise's CD. I hardly needed to sample it, but I did anyway because I always find something nice and tasty in her playing. The damage done I got the CD.

Came in the mail this morning and I have it on all day! The Flute tracks are surprisingly fresh. The music flows like a soft Irish spring breeze! As the promise of the sample track tells, she delivers lovely timing and relaxed tempo! As is usual for a Mulcahy this almost unexpected, so there is no hurry, nor fuss, just scrumptious ear candy for the Trad starved off shore dweller such as I.

I like  a bit of Uilleann Piping, a bit is what I said, Enough is enough and sometimes I just move on as I can not follow the tunes as well as from the Flute or Whistle. But Louise does a lovely job here on the selections she performs. The Airs are a special bit of work, which she deserves praise for including. In a time of over-speed reel playing and such it is so nice to hear  real Irish soul !

Well done.

The Whistle tracks are, as expected, lovely stuff, it is my first time hearing Louise on Whistle. Very nice, I can do with some more of it please :0)

A lovely touch to this production are the bare tracks sans accompaniment, just like it was back in the hungry decades after WW2.  It shows that sometime too much drumming and other musical sounds can clutter a lovely piece of music.

Overall I am very pleased with this CD, it is the first among the younger groups that I so much enjoy I cannot take it off the player!

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