ADELE COMMINS AND DÁITHí KEAR­NEY A Louth Lilt ★★★ In­de­pen­dent Re­lease

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

Fer­vent ap­petites for ex­plor­ing new hori­zons colour and shape this de­but al­bum from pi­ano ac­cor­dion and banjo duo Adèle Commins and Daithí Kear­ney. Their ge­o­graph­i­cal and mu­si­cal itin­er­ar­ies swing from Scan­di­navia to Brazil, with many pi­caresque de­tours in be­tween. They are at their best when they choose forms that let their in­stru­ments breathe free. Commins’s ac­cor­dion rel­ishes the slow waltz of A Tele­mark Tune, with Kear­ney’s fine fin­ger­pick­ing adding a lively joust . Kear­ney’s flu­id­ity of style un­der­pins Late Night Ram­bles by the Moon and, ev­ery­where, the pair dash and duck with the fa­mil­iar­ity of a duo in­ti­mately ac­quainted with one an­other’s mu­sic. Their cho­sen in­stru­ments at times sti­fle the breadth of the tunes, though, where a warm bassline might’ve added some wel­come space .

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