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DAMIEN McGEE­HAN The TIn Fiddle ★★★★ In­de­pen­dent Re­lease

The tin fiddle has been a central fea­ture of the mu­sic of Done­gal, and is par­tic­u­larly as­so­ci­ated with the play­ing of John Do­herty. Damien McGee­han, a found­ing mem­ber of the su­perb (and sadly now de­funct) trio Fidil, uses this most un­usual of in­stru­ments as the jumping-off point for a free­wheel­ing ex­plo­ration of the mu­sic of his home place and be­yond. McGee­han ex­ploits the rich po­ten­tial of the tin fiddle through a num­ber of orig­i­nal and tra­di­tional pieces, stitch­ing tex­tured rhythms into the body of his cho­sen tunes. The breadth of in­flu­ences is strik­ing, stretch­ing from Scottish high­lands and a gor­geous waltz from John Do­herty to Duke Elling­ton’s

Car­a­van on The Tin­smith. McGee­han’s mu­si­cal lit­er­acy opens up a whole new vista on an in­stru­ment long marginalised, and re­veals rich pick­ings in the process. damien­m­cgee­han.com SIOBHÁN LONG

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