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


Gael Linn Ev­ery now and again, a col­lec­tion si­dles its way into the ether and stills the lis­tener. Gatehouse’s aptly named Tús Nua (Fresh

Start) does just that. It in­fil­trates ev­ery mol­e­cule of the mu­sic, in­fus­ing it with a fresh­ness that prom­ises to pro­pel this col­lec­tion into that elu­sive must-have cat­e­gory for years to come. John Wynne and John McEvoy are a flute/fid­dle duo with a rare rep­u­ta­tion for fi­nesse, and they’ve fre­quently shared tunes with Jac­inta McEvoy on gui­tar and con­certina. The re­mark­able voice of Rachel Gar­vey is the mag­i­cal in­gre­di­ent that raises the bar on the quar­tet’s set, as she in­ter­prets songs more and less fa­mil­iar, with a stag­ger­ing orig­i­nal­ity. John McEvoy’s own tunes are a de­light too, par­tic­u­larly the ti­tle tune, which em­braces a baroque sen­si­bil­ity while still rest­ing cosily in the belly of the tra­di­tion. An unerring de­light.

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