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Al­most Home Claddagh Records

This is a “look ma, no hands” col­lec­tion: im­pro­vi­sa­tional in tone and ex­per­i­men­tal in mood, a heady mix of elec­tron­ica and acous­tic mu­sic. Tommy Hayes is a bodhrán player of con­sid­er­able skill and grace who has en­riched many a tra­di­tional mu­sic per­for­mance. His col­lab­o­ra­tion with sax player Ian Les­lie may well forge a fu­ture ex­is­tence in sound­track form. Some songs are more con­crete in ex­e­cu­tion, in­clud­ing the med­i­ta­tive

For Theo, sung by Sarah Roche (with Tommy’s orig­i­nal mu­sic set to a Nuala Ní Dhomh­naill poem). The Bud­dhist-in­spired Go­ing Nowhere poses deep ques­tions atop a marimba riff, and the emo­tional charge of the cello on Ac­ci­den­tal

Mu­sic aptly cap­tures what Hayes and Les­lie are pur­su­ing: an ex­otic and evoca­tive sound­scape that pays scant heed to mu­si­cal bound­aries. SIOB­HÁN LONG

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