Steve Larkin and Mick Kin­sella ★★★★ Claddagh Records

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

Del­i­cate in­tri­ca­cies de­fine this beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion from fid­dle player Steve Larkin and har­mon­ica player Mick Kin­sella. Fid­dle and har­mon­ica make for a com­pan­ion­able pair­ing, and the duo have cho­sen tunes that skip head­ily across their in­stru­ments like stones across a glassy pond. Kin­sella’s harp finds pre­vi­ously un­known shapes in well-known tunes, and his own pair of horn­pipes, An Ghaoth sa

Bhi­ab­hóg and Corn­phíopa Shraith Salach, un­der­score the imp­ish qual­i­ties in his writ­ing. It’s in this al­bum’s shad­owy spa­ces where he and Larkin thrive, with Larkin’s fluid, un­forced fid­dle play­ing straight man to Kin­sella’s flight­ier, fan­tas­ti­cal har­mon­ica. Donal Sig­gins’s ac­com­pa­ni­ment on man­dola, bouzouki and gui­tar is a mas­ter­class in sub­tle min­i­mal­ism . An ex­cep­tional col­lec­tion.

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