New Road

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - SL

Up­stairs, McGar­rigles, Sligo 10pm ¤15 caird­e­fes­ti­val.com In 2013, Leonard Barry (left) brought to­gether a group of ex­tra­or­di­nary mu­si­cians to join him on his al­bum New Road. They are: Rick Ep­ping, Seamie O’Dowd and Andy Mor­row. Since then, they’ve recorded an­other al­bum to­gether , and have brought their dis­tinc­tive take to au­di­ences near and far. Ep­ping’s low key, Cal­i­for­nian non­cha­lance be­lies a su­perb har­mon­ica player and writer, while Seamie O’Dowd’s in­nate feel for the blues (and for Rory Gal­lagher in par­tic­u­lar) brings a keen edge to the mix. Barry’s spiky, charis­matic pip­ing punc­tu­ates New Road’s sound with a mighty devil may care at­ti­tude, while Mor­row’s fid­dle pro­vides a wel­come an­chor to the whole pro­ceed­ings. Theirs is a mu­sic ideally suited to this late night, fes­ti­val set­ting.

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