Pi­cada Pa’Cinco

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

Tak­ing their name from a 19th­cen­tury Buenos Aires ar­got, and their de­but CD ti­tle from an Ar­gen­tinian form of tapas, Lun­far­dia cel­e­brate the oth­er­worldly ex­oti­cism of South Amer­i­can mu­sic with blind­ing orig­i­nal­ity. Ariel Her­nan­dez and Der­mot Dunne on gui­tar, vo­cals and ac­cor­dion de­fine the shape of Lun­far­dia. Its Pi­az­zola tan­gos joust with Her­nan­dez’ own Ar­gen­tinian chacar­era, Casi Tradi­cional, like dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions of the same fam­ily mak­ing their ac­quain­tance for the first time. Iona Petcu-Colan’s voilin, Malachy Robin­son’s bass and Frank Vi­dal’s per­cus­sion add to the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of the sound, but ul­ti­mately it’s Dunne’s jagged, provoca­tive ac­cor­dion lines and Her­nan­dez’ pin-prick pre­ci­sion gui­tar that lure Lun­far­dia back to cen­tre. A curve ball of a Ro­ma­nian Peas­ant Dance cosies up to its south­ern neigh­bours with re­mark­able ease in a mix that’s as cos­mopoli­tan as it is in­nately so­cia­ble. www.lun­far­ Down­load tracks: Lib­er­tango, Car­naval Be­taceño

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