Jig­gin’ the Blues

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

Green­trax The art­work is cheesey and the sleevenotes slim, but Gavin, Ep­ping and Edey are fir­ing on all cylin­ders on this bol­shie col­lec­tion. Test­ing the boil­ing point of tra­di­tional tunes, cross-fer­tilised by the blues, they’ve pro­duced a siz­zling melee, al­though the ben­e­fits are felt in the blues-trad di­rec­tion. The sole blues orig­i­nal, Baby Please Don’t Go (orig­i­nally recorded by Big Joe Wil­liams in 1935, and later by Them) gains fit­fully from the ad­di­tion of ro­bust fid­dle and zeal­ous gui­tar. The trio revel in the har­monic and rhyth­mic pos­si­bil­i­ties of har­mon­ica, jaw harp, fid­dle and gui­tar, and their bold ex­ca­va­tion of Seán Maguire’s Horn­pipes and Ge Do Theid Mi Do M’Le­abi­adh show­cases just how that down-home feel­ing can in­vig­o­rate a tune, whether from Louisiana or Louis­burgh.­ Down­load tracks: Ea­gle’s Whis­tle, Kitty’s Wed­ding/Plains of Boyle

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