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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REVIEWS - Siob­hán Long

Fam­ily his­tory can be as much of a hin­drance as a help, but Dónal Clancy wears his in­her­i­tance lightly on his solo de­but. A found­ing mem­ber of Danú, he’s also burnt up the road miles with Eileen Ivers and So­las. On his solo de­but, Clancy’s dis­ci­plined solo gui­tar play­ing is a reve­la­tion. Ma­ture, un­forced and light of touch, his style does much to draw at­ten­tion to the tune but not the player. His read­ing of SeánÓDuib­hir A Gh­leanna is a haughty, high­step­ping de­light, and Lord Inchiquin si­dles in be­tween Clancy’s gui­tar strings from its orig­i­nal place on the harp as though tune and in­stru­ment were born for one an­other. With sleeve notes that are a model of dis­tilled un­der­state­ment, solo de­buts don’t come more well-rounded than this. www.com­pass­records.com

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