ÁINE UÍ CHEAL­LAIGH

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Bin­neas Thar Meon

Gael Linn

This is a col­lec­tion that de­mands much of its lis­tener, but the bounty is rich once one delves deep be­neath its sur­face. Bin­neas Thar

Meon, or Sweet­ness Unimag­in­able, is a com­pen­dium of songs from south­east Mun­ster gath­ered by Liam de No­raidh in the 1940s. Áine Uí Cheal­laigh is a sean nós singer with an im­pres­sive back story. Twice Corn Uí Ri­ada win­ner, she mixes Ir­ish and English songs, and con­fi­dently part­ners pil­lars of the tra­di­tion with rel­a­tive un­knowns. Her read­ing of the most lone­some of love songs (or most mor­bid ac­counts of co-de­pen­dency?),

Dó­nall Óg, ini­tially jars as it turns the nar­ra­tive thread of the song on its head, al­ter­ing its tenor ut­terly. Such bold­ness, though, along­side some well-cho­sen in­stru­men­ta­tion (vi­ola, clar­inet and sax­o­phone) yields an un­ex­pected trea­sure trove. www.gaellinn.com

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