Are We There Yet? Claddagh Records

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

Here’s a col­lec­tion that reeks of a de­cent time in ges­ta­tion. Ebbing and flow­ing with­out suc­cumb­ing to the ra­bid pace that can lure the best mu­si­cians down fate­ful cul de sacs, Cora Smyth dis­tils her years on the road with Michael Flat­ley, wisely leav­ing be­hind the glitzy overkill of such labyrinthine pro­duc­tions. From the open­ing jazz-tinged Sean­sky March to the fid­dle and gui­tar lol­lop of Gypsy’s Skip and the de­light­ful desert wine of Banyuls, Smyth and her co-pro­ducer hus­band, Seán Hors­man, dis­play a cool re­straint, leav­ing her fid­dle to breathe deep and free. Shades of Sharon Shan­non’s big band sound per­me­ate To the Tequila Bar, where key­boards add lit­tle to the mix, and at times tunes strug­gle to re­tain their dis­tinc­tive voice. But this is one CD whose ti­tle poses a cru­cial ques­tion – and whose best an­swer might just be “prob­a­bly never”. www.coras­

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