In­de­pen­dent re­lease

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

Manch­ester’s tra­di­tional mu­sic scene is a vi­brant melt­ing pot. Colin Far­rell, an award-win­ning fid­dle and whis­tle player, adds fur­ther to the city’s rep­u­ta­tion with th­ese orig­i­nal tunes. Lú­nasa’s in­flu­ence, in all their flu­ent agility and in their use of fid­dle, flute and bass to an­chor a set, is pal­pa­ble through­out th­ese fiery tunes. Far­rell’s fid­dle style is sure­footed and his whis­tle lines so beau­ti­fully crisp that they meld with, rather than melt be­neath, the in­flu­ence of a raft of guests from Kevin Craw­ford to Trevor Hutchinson and Michael McGoldrick. The tunes re­ally shine though, with the pris­tine en­sem­ble play­ing mir­ror­ing much of the highly pol­ished sounds we’ve come to ex­pect from live tra­di­tional bands. Far­rell’s ear for the lone­some note is finely tuned though and begs for a more stripped-back ap­proach next time round.

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