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Réalta Mu­sic

We’ve made our ac­quain­tance with du­elling ban­jos, but du­elling pipes are a rar­ity in any set­ting, and par­tic­u­larly within the con­fines of a five-piece band. Réalta’s sec­ond al­bum re­veals oc­ca­sional snapshots of bril­liance, pro­pelled by an ap­petite for un­likely tune pair­ings and a keen ear cocked to the propul­sive power of rhythm. They choose some big tunes ( Úr-Ch­noc Chéin Mhic Cáinte and Tab­hair Dom do Lámh) to flex their col­lec­tive mus­cles , but it’s Deirdre Gal­way’s plain­tive vo­cals, swad­dled by pipes and flute on Kell­swa­ter, that leave a last­ing im­pres­sion. It’s chal­leng­ing for any en­sem­ble to mine fresh ter­ri­tory in a crowded space, but Réalta, un­der the watch­ful eye of pro­ducer Dó­nal O’Con­nor, and with some highly dis­ci­plined ar­range­ments, do just that. re­al­ta­mu­sic.com

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