LOUISE MULC­AHY Tun­ing the Road Clo Iar Chon­nachta

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

The nat­u­ral kin­ship be­tween pipe, flute and whis­tle are beau­ti­fully ex­plored by Louise Mulc­ahy in her solo de­but. Draw­ing on a rich well of tunes that fil­ter years of ex­pe­ri­ence into a dis­tilled collection, Mulc­ahy’s reper­toire is as broad, wel­com­ing and dis­cern­ing as her in­stru­men­tal vir­tu­os­ity. Her flute style is fluid, un­forced and rhyth­mi­cally steady, as much at ease with the gor­geous jig set, The Three White Cats, as it is with the de­mand­ing (but di­vinely in­ter­preted) west Kerry slow air, Port na bPú­caí. Her sis­ter Michelle’s harp ac­com­pa­ni­ment is equally sub­tle and well-de­fined. Mulc­ahy’s pip­ing owes much to the be­quest of Wil­lie Clancy, but here she makes her own in­deli­ble mark: that of a mu­si­cian very much at home with the mu­sic, and mak­ing it her own. Al­ready a stand­out in a year of very fine mu­sic. cic.ie

“Mulc­ahy’s reper­toire is as broad, wel­com­ing and dis­cern­ing as her in­stru­men­tal vir­tu­os­ity”

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