Golden An­niver­sary Chart

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

Céilí danc­ing may not match the cur­tain-rais­ing an­tics of River­dance, but a glimpse at the throngs who flock to dances across the coun­try hints at the rude state of health of this seem­ingly marginalised dance form. This Golden An­niver­sary col­lec­tion may be a labour of love for Brian Lawler, founder, ac­cor­dion­ist and bass player with the Ardellis Céilí Band, but the sub­tlety he ap­plies to the tune mix, and Lawler’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the im­por­tance of a bass line, ren­der this a col­lec­tion that’s em­i­nently lis­ten­able both on and out­side of a springloaded dance floor. Lawler’s own slow air, Sad­ness and Joy, whis­pers of a mu­si­cian whose ears are as finely tuned as his feet: a not al­to­gether com­mon fac­ulty to be found among some céilí stal­warts. www.ardel­lis­

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