THE MORN­ING TREE The Morn­ing Tree

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This Italo-Ir­ish trio si­dle into the world with barely a whit of fan­fare or fuss (apart from a low-fly­ing crowd­fund­ing cam­paign), and yet their de­but bris­tles with plenty of orig­i­nal­ity. Mi­nor chord pro­gres­sions cre­ate dusky spa­ces in their song choices, and singer Con­suelo Nerea Breschi in­hab­its a num­ber of north­ern­rooted songs with a quiet con­fi­dence, mak­ing them all her own. The trio’s read­ing of Do You

Love an Ap­ple? is a par­tic­u­lar stand­out: a cap doff­ing to the Ní Dhomh­naill sis­ters and a nod in the di­rec­tion of Sandy Denny. Fid­dle, gui­tar and bouzouki fuel the trio’s tune sets, and their fine-boned pair of marches (ti­tled

Pearl’s Marches, in hon­our of fid­dler and gui­tarist Eoghan O’Shaugh­nessy’s fid­dler/grand­mother, Pearl O’Shaugh­nessy) is a feast of strings. A low key, richly tex­tured col­lec­tion. face­book.com/morn­ingtree. firenze SIOB­HÁN LONG

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