The Lahawns live at winkles
Lahawn music LM001
Painter J.B. Vallely, my own first cousin and indeed my mentor inmusic thirty five years ago,remarked recently
that the only revolutionary thing left to be done in Irish Art is to thatched cottages".
So too with Traditional music-sleek presentation,squeakless fiddles,wheezeless flutes,squawkless pipes,
Dettox studio sound,Popular music ethics and hype, all combine to sucha pitch of over-production these days
that it is a sheer relief tohear a mere ceili band.
Something to get the nerve-ends of thelower leg twitching. the Lahawns- called after a townland near
Tulla Co Clare-are Andrew Mac Namara (accordion), BredaSmyth(fiddle), Jimmy Higgins (piano ,snare) ,
Kevin Hough(guitar),Jim Corry (piano) the style is easy-going ,the energyhigh.
Recorded vaguely live mostly at Winkles hotel in Kinvara.
This is not cynically structured 'set music for dancing to, nor is it suave studio synthetics- this is honest to
God session music, music for talking to, Humours of Tulla, the Skylark, Roaring Mary,
Sligo maid, The bird in the bush,solid tunes,a bit of banter, 'cahooing' both cool and gauche,
and, most wonderfully, the waltzes. No one else would have the nerve: Moon light in Mayo,
My Bonnie lies over the ocean, Lovely Leitrim.
Tight music with tremendous gusty piano-driving, heart skipping snare-tipping and
unashamed, pounding foot beat.
This is the kind of thing that scares the tokenism out of them in the White House and
Aras an Uachtarain-this is the stuff
FV Irish times 6-8-97.