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

“The reach of Di­a­mond’s dis­tinc­tive fid­dle style – it­self the prod­uct of a rich mix of in­flu­ences – is am­bi­tious”

Sel­dom does a mu­si­cian ut­terly in­habit a tra­di­tion while still ex­press­ing him or her­self with such orig­i­nal­ity. Danny Di­a­mond has al­ready cast his line with Mórga and with nykel­harpa player Aki, and he now finds his own voice on this out­stand­ing solo record­ing. The reach of Di­a­mond’s dis­tinc­tive fid­dle style (it­self the prod­uct of a rich mix of in­flu­ences, from Seán Keane and Tom­mie Potts to the lean and spare Done­gal style) is am­bi­tious and au­thor­i­ta­tive. His bare fid­dle, ac­com­pa­nied by drone-based con­tri­bu­tions on ac­cor­dion, pipes, fid­dle and nykel­harpa, mines the fur­ther reaches of the fa­mil­iar, but cru­cially, ex­poses fresh el­e­ments of the tunes with a low-key de­light. His own tune set, Danny Di­a­mond’s Jigs, is a joy: richly melodic and musky, with Aki’s nykel­harpa and vi­o­lin­cello ac­com­pa­ni­ment. Di­a­mond’s mu­si­cal vi­sion is a for­mi­da­ble one, and Fid­dle Mu­sic ar­tic­u­lates it with chutz­pah. A def­i­nite con­tender for CD of the year. dan­ny­di­a­mond.ie

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