Tra­di­tional

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ZOË CON­WAY AND JOHN MCIN­TYRE Live In Con­cert ★★★★ In­de­pen­dent Re­lease

Zoë Con­way is a tra­di­tional fid­dle player who wears her clas­si­cal train­ing lightly – and both shim­mer in the heat of this live record­ing. With beau­ti­fully judged spare gui­tar ac­com­pa­ni­ment from her hus­band John McIn­tyre (ow­ing some debt to the sub­tlety wrought by Den­nis Cahill down through the years), Con­way trips the light fan­tas­tic through an eclec­tic mix of tunes. From the open­ing Tune For A Found Har­mo­nium through the Grap­pelli swing of Tiger Rag, Con­way flashes her con­sid­er­able chops with chutz­pah. How­ever, it’s when she takes her foot off the pedal that the real colour and shade emerge. Her take on Paddy’s Ram­bles Through The Park is a master­class in min­i­mal­ism, and her song choices are the most del­i­cate snap­shots of a mu­si­cian ca­pa­ble of al­most any­thing. zoe­and­john.com SIOBHÁN LONG

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