MICK MCAU­LEY, WINIFRED HO­RAN AND COLM Ó CAOIMH

Sail­ing Back to You In­de­pen­dent Re­lease ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS SHUFFLE - SIOB­HÁN LONG

This col­lec­tion has emerged with lit­tle fan­fare. Ir­ish-Amer­i­can band Solas pro­vides the back­bone of the trio, with box player Mick McAu­ley and Amer­i­can fid­dler Winifred Ho­ran pro­pel­ling the tunes. Cal­adh Nua’s Colm Ó Caoimh adds solid gui­tar and lead vo­cals. It’s the cross-cur­rents that in­form this col­lec­tion that set it apart: from the klezmertinged opener, Les Amantes In­fi­de­les (where Ho­ran’s fid­dle fea­tures), to the funky jig set Fiona’s Jigs. McAu­ley’s and Ho­ran’s com­po­si­tional skills take full flight, and there’s an orig­i­nal­ity at play. Un­der­scor­ing this fine col­lec­tion is a hunger for new hori­zons. It’s an am­bi­tious de­but that war­rants re­peated lis­ten­ing and hollers for a live tour to fully re­alise its po­ten­tial. mcauley­ho­ran ocaoimh.com Down­load tracks: Farewell to Whiskey. Les Amantes In­fi­de­les

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