LEN GRA­HAM & BRÍAN Ó HAIRT

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

In Two Minds In­de­pen­dent

re­lease ★★★★

Any­one who fig­ures they’ve cracked the essence of sean nós might do well to savour the hair­pin bends that shape this vig­or­ous and in­vig­o­rat­ing collection. Ar­magh singer Len Gra­ham is no stranger to lat­er­al­think­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions, but here he em­barks on a jaunt of an al­to­gether dif­fer­ent na­ture, sad­dling up with Brían Ó hAirt (the first Amer­i­can to win the se­nior sean nós com­pe­ti­tion at Fleadh Ceoil na hÉire­ann). The pair in­ter­sperse so­los and duets with a suit­ably spare in­fu­sion of whis­tle, spoons and sean nós dance steps. Ó hAirt’s voice is cu­ri­ously age­less, meld­ing ef­fort­lessly with Gra­ham’s, the two singers’ phras­ing in such close con­cert that one would as­sume they were blood re­la­tions. For lis­ten­ers and singers with a yen for see­ing the fa­mil­iar through a sparkling new, spit­pol­ished lens, In Two Minds should be in pole po­si­tion on any playlist. sto­ryand­song.com

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