THE HIGH BAR GANG

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JOE BREEN

Some­day the Heart Will Trou­ble the Mind ★★★ True North Records

A cou­ple of years ago we took a shine to this de­ter­minedly retro Cana­dian out­fit’s Lost & Un­done: A Gospel Blue­grass Com­pan­ion. So much for heaven and hell: this com­pan­ion set con­cen­trates on “cheat­ing and hurt­ing”, with a se­lec­tion of 13 well-cho­sen songs, some bet­ter known than oth­ers, that con­vey the many shades of heart-struck pain. The gang evince their loy­alty to tra­di­tion in the en­sem­ble singing and clas­sic in­stru­men­tal line-up (gui­tar, dou­ble bass, fid­dle and man­dolin). Un­like much cur­rent blue­grass, where the play­ing is king, here the song reigns. Their ver­sion of Bill Mon­roe’s One I Love Is Gone is per­fectly pitched, as is the en­sem­ble singing gen­er­ally (eg Red Wicked Wine). The solo vo­cals on tracks such as Sil­ver Dagger lack author­ity, but the af­fec­tion for the mu­sic never fal­ters. high­bar­gang.com

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