COSCÁN Firedance

In­de­pen­dent Re­lease

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

The cra­dle of Ir­ish civil­i­sa­tion that is the Boyne Val­ley pro­vides the in­spi­ra­tion for Coscán’s lat­est col­lec­tion. Pro­pelled by a deeply felt sense of place, Firedance is a cel­e­bra­tion of four mu­si­cians’ de­light in their home place – from New­grange, Knowth and Dowth to the Greek ge­og­ra­pher Ptolemy’s clas­si­cal ref­er­ences to the river Boyne. Coscán find their form on the air and slow jig of The Flame of Slane where David Nevin’s propul­sive bodhrán un­der­cuts Harry Long’s whis­tle with such clean pre­ci­sion that the melody and rhythm have am­ple room to shimmy and slide in di­vine con­cord. Else­where, pro­duc­tion veers to­wards the over-zeal­ous, with the band’s vari­able vo­cals strug­gling to meet the de­mands of their own ma­te­rial. Nevin’s key­boards err on the side of florid at times too, ren­der­ing a syn­thetic qual­ity to what is in essence a highly or­ganic al­bum con­cept. SIOBHÁN LONG

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