THE KIL­FENORA CÉILÍ BAND with DON STIFFE

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

Now is the Hour ★★★

In­de­pen­dent re­lease

The pre­ci­sion tool­ing that pro­pels céilí danc­ing is an art that not all can mas­ter, but The Kil­fenora Céilí Band have ex­celled in its in­tri­ca­cies with ease over the past cen­tury. Their lat­est col­lec­tion nav­i­gates a cu­ri­ous path: from a con­ven­tional reel set, Don’t Hold

Back, re­plete with straight­jacket per­cus­sion, to songs that sit un­com­fort­ably along­side the dance mu­sic. At times, too, the songs suc­cumb to the mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion of that same per­cus­sive force, so that Andy Irvine’s My

Heart’s Tonight in Ire­land morphs from a fluid pas­toral to a rou­tine se­ries of ge­o­graph­i­cal namechecks. Ex­pan­sive ar­range­ments in­clude cello, dou­ble bass and bouzouki, but the Kil­fenora’s mu­si­cal pal­ette doesn’t serve so much to en­rich the dance mu­sic as to con­fuse it. A case of lost in trans­la­tion from dance floor to record­ing stu­dio? kil­feno­ra­ceili band.com

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