Lunasa The Kinnitty Sessions (Live)
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- Released: March 2, 2004
- Label: Compass Records
Dirty Linen - p.85"'Stolen Purse' is a fast-moving opening medley that sets the tone of intricacy and urgency that characterizes the rest of the record..."
- 1.Stolen Purse: Stolen Purse / An Sioda Slide / Brendan McMahon's Reel
- 2.Ballyogan: Dans Fisel / Ballyogan Reel
- 3.Punch: Scottish Concerto Strathspey / Trip to Windsor / Punch in the Dark
- 4.The Dimmers: Jerry O'Sullivan's / The Dimmers
- 5.Island Paddy: Rathlin Island / Sporting Paddy
- 6.Sean in the Fog: Easter Sunday / Come Back With My Bloody Car / Sean ...
- 7.Bulgarian Rock: Split Rock / Djinovsko Horo
- 8.The Wounded Hussar
- 9.The Walrus: The Four Courts / Michael Kennedy's Reel
- 10.Maids in the Kitchen: Mrs. O'Sullivan's Jig / The Kitchen Maids
- 11.Tie the Bonnet: The Pullet / Hull's Reel / Tie the Bonnet
Lunasa includes: Donogh Hennessy (guitar); Sean Smyth (violin); Kevin Crawford (flute); Cillian Vallely (pipes); Trevor Hutchinson (bass).
L£nasa: Donogh (guitar); Sean (fiddle); Kevin (flute, whistle); Trevor (bass instrument).
Personnel: Sean Smyth (whistling, fiddle); Kevin Crawford (whistling, flute, bodhran); Cillian Vallely (whistling, Uilleann pipe); Donogh Hennessy (guitar); Trevor Hutchinson (double bass).
Audio Mixer: Richard Ford.
Recording information: Kinnitty Castle, Co., Offaly (12/2003).
Photographer: Giorgia Bertazzi.
Arrangers: L£nasa; Cillian Vallely; Kevin Crawford; Sean Smyth; Trevor Hutchinson; Donogh Hennessy.
Recorded live at Kinnitty Castle, County Offaly, The Kinnitty Sessions, Ireland's L£nasa's fifth record, is an electrifying affair that proves that there should be an exclamation point at the end of their name. The group handles traditional music with the ease of veteran jazz players, bypassing head nods and hand signals and simply tearing through the tunes like a singular organism. What makes these 11 songs so remarkable is the band's understanding of folk music's utter simplicity. By remaining so reverent to the source material, the occasional detours never come off as coy or forced; the James Bond motif that sneaks into "Ballyogan" is simply part of the song. Ballads and airs fare just as well. Their gentle handling of Jerry O'Sullivan's "The Dimmers," with its serpentine pipe, guitar, flute, and fiddle parts, never reaches for a crescendo, allowing ex-Waterboy Trevor Hutchinson's double bass to steer the ship into some truly sublime waters. The fiery style that the group has become synonymous with is evident on "Island Paddy," featuring a true whistle workout for Kevin Crawford and some deft low-end bowing from Hutchinson, and piper Cillian Vallely goes to enormous lengths to keep the hair on your arms bristling during his solo showcase, "The Wounded Hussar." While so many of their contemporaries are giving in to the homogenized adult contemporary and new age drivel that passes for serious Celtic music, L£nasa are keeping the peat fires of old not only lit, but roaring, and the wonderful Kinnitty Sessions is a testament to their love of performing and, more importantly, to listening. ~ James Christopher Monger
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