The Spirit of West Clare Bow Hand

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

Ex­u­ber­ance and a taste for highly dec­o­ra­tive or­na­men­ta­tion de­fined the play­ing of late west Clare fid­dler Bobby Casey. This long over­due col­lec­tion, recorded in Lon­don in 1966, 1967 and 1971, will re-ig­nite many a ses­sion list with Casey’s vi­va­cious and eclec­tic reper­toire, epit­o­mised by his me­an­der­ing seven reel set book­ended by The Lif­fey Banks and Bal­li­nasloe Fair. Far re­moved from the lone­some plain­song of east Clare, Casey’s mu­sic rel­ished the thrill of the pur­suit in a tune, rarely tar­ry­ing long be­fore ad­vanc­ing to the next one. His char­ac­ter­is­tic bus­tle didn’t pre­clude an ab­so­lute re­spect for ar­tic­u­lat­ing each phrase with a mix of vim and vigour with­out com­pare. A boon for any mu­si­cian weighted down with west Clare tunes, but in search of the ac­cent that de­fined them. www.cop­per­plate­con­sul­tants. com Down­load tracks: Farewell to Milltown, The Sala­manca

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