DAN POSSUMATO & FRIENDS

Tunes Inside ★★★

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

Old Box Records

Pitts­burgh’s Dan Possumato has been keep­ing eclec­tic company on his lat­est record­ing.The ti­tle is taken from a French say­ing that there are tunes inside us all; we just have to let them out. Possumato does this with vim on both melodeon and ac­cor­dion, favour­ing a ro­bust, old-time style: like a big, bo­somy wel­come, his mu­sic is open-armed and warm­hearted. On the Québé­cois Valse

du Chef de Gare, it’s as if he’s sidling along­side the lis­tener, so in­ti­mate and un­tram­melled is his play­ing. Our only reser­va­tions are with the company he keeps. Mu­si­cians of un­ques­tion­able cal­i­bre (Kevin Burke, Cal Scott, El­liot Grasso) jos­tle for space with a raft of oth­ers. The re­sult is that some set pieces, while fiery, strug­gle for oxy­gen in the melee. The song choices, as well, are a poor relation of the tighter, fit­ter tunes. dan­pos­sumato.com

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