THE BOTHY BAND

Out of the Wind Into the Sun

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - SIOB­HÁN LONG

Mul­li­gan For the count­less pun­ters too young to re­mem­ber one of the sem­i­nal bands to in­flu­ence the progress of Ir­ish tra­di­tional mu­sic, this Com­pass Records re-re­lease of The Bothy Band’s 1977 record­ing will her­ald a new dawn. Their mu­si­cal gene pool is tan­gi­ble to­day in the play­ing of ev­ery­one from Al­tan to Lú­nasa, and that rich in­her­i­tance glis­tens in all its orig­i­nal glory on this col­lec­tion. Granted, at times the record­ing sounds tech­ni­cally dated, but when you hear Matt Molloy’s wide open flute lines wear a path­way through The Maids of Mitchel­stown, or Paddy Keenan and Dónal Lunny’s foren­sic ex­ca­va­tion of The Black­bird in its mul­ti­ple iden­ti­tied glory (rang­ing from a air to a set dance and a reel), you’re left in no doubt as to why the Both­ies left such an indupitable legacy that is still shock­ingly fresh. www.mul­li­gan­records.com

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