PAUL O’SHAUGH­NESSY The Friendly Visit/An Céilí

Claddagh Records ★★★

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

There’s a sub­lime vul­ner­a­bil­ity to the Done­gal fid­dle style that Paul O’Shaugh­nessy em­bod­ies on this long over­due record­ing. Three gen­er­a­tions of O’Shaugh­nessys fea­ture here, with Paul’s mother, Pearl (draw­ing deep from the well of her Done­gal roots) and his daugh­ter, Kate ac­com­pa­ny­ing him on a rich se­lec­tion of tunes, the three fid­dles weav­ing in and around one an­other with en­vi­able in­tu­ition. Paul con­trib­utes two of his own reels, in­clud­ing the opener, Ryan’s Rant, a witty and buoy­ant mu­si­cal re­sponse to the per­ils and de­lights of air travel. Wisely, he has in­cluded tunes that fea­ture his own flute play­ing over­laid on his fid­dle: a sweet tinc­ture of the flu­ent and un­forced du­al­ity of his mu­si­cian­ship. The in­flu­ence of Done­gal’s Con Cas­sidy is pal­pa­ble, but O’Shaugh­nessy in­cludes a clos­ing trio of reels from Sli­abh Luachra’s Paddy Cronin too, such is the breadth of his sweep. claddaghre­cords.ie

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