Bringing a contemplative approach to bear on its six tracks ─ carefully selected from amongst 17 sold-out concerts ─ it is filled with a sense of communication and collaboration, which is, at times, almost transcendental.
Anyone familiar with the wonderfully relaxed and lyrical fiddle style of Martin Hayes will instantly realise how perfectly suited it is to this melting pot of musical mastery, as he contributes elements of jazz and an almost classical edge into the experimental trad mix. Whilst Iarla Ó Lionáird’s wonderful Sean-nós vocals add a tangibly ethereal texture, expertly connecting past and present on The Pilgrim’s Song and Cucanandy.
Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s customised Hardanger fiddle, with its rough- hewn Nordic dissonance, stands in clear contrast to Hayes’ melodic East Clare strains, making for captivating melodic lines that are superbly underpinned by the adventurous guitar work of Dennis Cahill and the fluid piano of musician/producer Thomas Bartlett.
This is an adventurous release that brings Lau to mind by way of its respect for tradition whilst at the same time bravely incorporating influences from other musical genres ─ the 13 minute-long The Sailor’s Bonnet being a fine example.
An absolute must for every connoisseur of contemporary Celtic music
AudioCelt Star Rating 4½ out of 5