The Loom

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★★★★★ In­de­pen­dent Re­lease The pos­si­bil­ity that we are in a golden age of tra­di­tional mu­sic, is re­in­forced by the re­lease of Liam O’Con­nor’s ex­cep­tional solo al­bum The Loom. O’Con­nor has long been a thought­ful, con­sid­ered fid­dle player who wears his ac­quain­tance with the mu­si­cians who came be­fore him with equal parts pride and sub­tlety. The in­flu­ence of Tom­mie Potts is writ large in O’Con­nor’s read­ing of a rare ver­sion of the ti­tle tune. O’Con­nor’s own tune com­po­si­tions are mas­ter­ful. The

Rights of Women, a trib­ute to the 18th-cen­tury fem­i­nist Mary Woll­stonecraft, bris­tles with an in­domitable high spirit, while his jig, Small By Name... pays metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to ev­ery last note. Liam’s duet with his fa­ther, flute player Mick, on the reel set, Lucky In Love sees the pair mag­i­cally revel in one an­other’s mu­si­cal agility. A multi-lay­ered trea­sure trove. liamo­con­

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