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Aoife Nic Cormaic - Cuas na bhFáinleog/The Hollow of the Swallows

1 of 1 Mixes light and dark, with some surprises between the jigs and the reels
Mixes light and dark, with some surprises between the jigs and the reels

Whatever the genre, there's one acid test for any debut album: if you were walking past a venue and heard it being played live, would you go in? Well, in the case of fiddle player Nic Cormaic, elbow room might be at a premium.

Joined here by Frank Tate (bouzouki), Steve Larkin (fiddle), Kevin Murphy (cello) and Paul Conlon (bodhrán), Cuas na bhFáinleog/The Hollow of the Swallows mixes light and dark, with some surprises between the jigs and the reels.

Despite its title, there's an Unthanks-in-Spain vibe to The Sperrin Waltz, while An Glaoch wouldn't have been out of place on the soundtrack to The Woman in Black. Elsewhere, you'll find substantial mood-enhancing properties on An Leanbh Nua and the perfect closer in sweet lullaby Oileán na mBan.

It would be good to hear more percussion and a selection of singers on the next record, but until then, see you down the front.

Harry Guerin

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