Across the Black River Lof­tus Mu­sic

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - SIOB­HÁN LONG

If mu­sic is a re­lease from the tyranny of con­scious thought, as Kevin Burke as­serts, then Across the Black River is the ul­ti­mate con­duit to a zen state of be­ing. Burke’s past tri­umphs with The Bothy Band, Pa­trick Street and The Celtic Fid­dle Fes­ti­val weigh lightly on his shoul­ders, and this latest ven­ture, where his pin­prick pre­ci­sion Sligo fid­dle style is em­broi­dered by gui­tarist Cal Scott, is a mas­ter­class in fi­nesse. The wealth of orig­i­nals re­flect a pair of mu­si­cians who’ve im­bibed swathes of tunes deep into their mar­row, their leisurely ges­ta­tion re­sult­ing in a gor­geous, swing­ing col­lec­tion, reek­ing of live per­for­mance. Mike McGoldrick and Johnny B Con­nolly lend suit­ably re­fined flutes and ac­cor­dion. Spine-tin­gling ef­fer­ves­cence. www.kev­in­

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