DON­NACHA TOOMEY

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

Level Cross­ing Toom­stone Mu­sic ★★★ Lan­guid and un­forced, Don­nacha Toomey’s sec­ond al­bum has taken its own sweet time in ges­tat­ing, and it shows. This Lim­er­ick artist plies a fine trade in spa­cious, re­flec­tive song­writ­ing, mar­ried with clear-headed, pithy lyrics that let the lis­tener in, rarely forc­ing a par­tic­u­lar view. Co-pro­ducer Tony O’Fla­herty lends a firm hand, and highly in­ven­tive Ham­mond or­gan, clar­inet, flute and count­less other in­stru­men­tal lines. Van Mor­ri­son’s abil­ity to tran­scend time and place echo spo­rad­i­cally on Level Cross­ing. Toomey treads a route through tales of in­ti­macy and hope with a re­mark­able light­ness of touch. Nine Lives is a typ­i­cal call­ing card: louche, loose-limbed but never aim­less in its arc of flight. Toomey’s min­i­mal­ist use of man­dolin, banjo and ukulele bring an­other di­men­sion, colour­ing and shad­ing a co­he­sive but un­fet­tered col­lec­tion. don­nacha toomey.com

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