FÁSTA Un Cana­dien Er­rant

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

Fásta are a trio of mu­si­ciens sans

fron­tières who refuse to let the At­lantic sun­der their love of their own and one an­other’s Ir­ish and Québe­cois mu­si­cal tra­di­tions. Con­nemara piper Fi­achra O’Re­gan and Québe­cois fid­dler and pi­anist, So­phie Lavoie, re­turn two years after their last fine col­lec­tion, Rewind. Now ac­com­pa­nied by An­dré Marc­hand on gui­tar and foot per­cus­sion. Lavoie’s con­tri­bu­tions have grown in stature: her tune com­po­si­tions are lithe and master­ful, and her choice of songs is enough to cap­ti­vate the most ca­sual lis­tener. Most strik­ingly, the ti­tle tune, Un Cana­dien Er­rant bridges the gap be­tween the Cana­dian re­bel­lion of 1837-38 and to­day’s hor­rors of ex­ile, as ex­pe­ri­enced by refugees and mi­grants. It’s re­fresh­ing to hear a tra­di­tional band ref­er­ence the present with such sub­tlety and fi­nesse. fas­ta­mu­sic.com

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