HARRY BRADLEY AND MICHAEL CLARK­SON

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

Ciaran Car­son reck­ons the Sligo/ Leitrim/Roscom­mon re­gion is a mu­si­cal Ber­muda Tri­an­gle where mu­si­cians can dis­ap­pear for days, “deep into the crack”. Belfast flute play­ers Harry Bradley and Michael Clark­son are more an­i­mated by the jour­ney than by any cosy no­tions of des­ti­na­tion on this rag­ing tor­rent of a col­lec­tion. From the clos­ing pair of tunes, fea­tur­ing the ti­tle track (a horn­pipe in­her­ited from Sea­mus En­nis) along­side an Ital­ian/Scots sling­shot, to the spit­fire opener,

The Spey in Spate, the Banks, th­ese trapeze artists chew up not just a north­west­ern reper­toire but tunes from the rushy glen of Sli­abh Luachra and sundry points east and west. Finely in­ter­ro­gated tunes paired with foren­si­cally re­searched sleeve notes re­veal lay­ers of thought­ful and mis­chievous mu­sic. End­less fod­der for fluters, fid­dlers and jesters alike.www.claddaghrecords.com

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