Shea Tomkins

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GOOD THINGS come in threes, I'm of­ten as­sured, and so it proved in the form of mu­si­cal dal­liances I have had over the past week. I re­ceived two texts which cel­e­brated what the writ­ers viewed as the re­ju­ve­na­tion of a mu­sic scene that lost its way, some­what, since the turn of the Mil­len­nium and the decade that im­me­di­ately fol­lowed (the name Noughties should be a give­away in it­self ).

The first text made ref­er­ence to the spine-tin­gling per­for­mances of Paolo Nu­tini on BBC 2’s Jools Hol­land show. ‘Well done Paolo' read the text, ‘mu­sic is mak­ing a come­back'. The sec­ond mes­sage re­ferred to the weekend's The Voice of Ire­land fi­nal win­ner Brendan McCa­hey and la­belled his suc­cess a 'vic­tory for real mu­sic'. I go along with both opin­ions.

In its de­fence, Nu­tini was a prod­uct of the oftscorned Noughties. In gen­eral, how­ever, that tenyear win­dow can­not claim to have con­trib­uted such mu­si­cal gems to the world as decades past.

The third piece of mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence I expe- ri­enced in the past week came via the most sat­is­fy­ing medium, a ' live' one.

The good woman and I de­cided a while back to in­tro­duce a monthly cul­ture night into our time-gob­bling parental ex­is­tence and flick­ing through the lo­cal arts pro­grammes, the name, Tum­bling Bones, caught my eye.

Cur­rently on an Ir­ish tour and de­scribed as ‘ a trio of young men in­spired by old mu­sic' these young and hand­some twenty-some­thing-year-old lads took to the lo­cal Arts Cen­tre stage with re­volv­ing in­stru­ments in­clud­ing a banjo, gui­tars, dou­ble bass, a har­mon­ica and a spe­cial guest fid­dler who unapolo­get­i­cally made the most of any op­por­tu­nity to sink a pint.

Think a fu­sion of blue­grass, pre-WWII folk, early un­sul­lied rock 'n' roll, coun­try and gospel, and you'll be some­where close to imag­in­ing their sound; pol­ished three-part har­monies were the ic­ing on the cake.

Oblig­a­tory calls for en­cores by au­di­ence mem­bers are ex­pected these days but sel­dom have I called for more, and gen­uinely craved it.

The Tum­bling Bones are fresh, touch­ing per- fec­tion, and their pas­sion and love for what they do glows from the stage - one of them even turns a few Fred As­taire dancing tricks mid-per­for­mance.

If you get a chance to check them out on their Lovin A Fool tour, do; their sound should ap­peal to people aged nine to ninety. Have a lis­ten to their new sin­gle Bro­ken Things (show­cas­ing the ex­tra­or­di­nary song-writ­ing tal­ents and vin­tage pu­rity-of-voice singing style of Kyle Mor­gan) for a sam­ple of the sound that will very soon have a per­ma­nency on the global arena.

Tra­di­tional mu­sic from Port­land Maine, this is Mum­ford & Sons en­hanced by the au­then­tic­ity and deeply grounded roots the English act are of­ten crit­i­cised for lack­ing.

See tum­bling­bones.com for more.

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