Flagstone Memories New Cd by Andrew Mac Namara, Orla Harrington and Jim Higgins.

 

The proud musical heritage of east Clare is flawlessly presented in this recording. Andrew’s superb rhythm, phrasing and virtuosity is effortlessly matched, note-for-note, by Orla’s brilliant, accurate and inspiring fiddle playing.

Jim Higgins’ empathic percussion and piano accompaniment underscores the rhythmic and harmonious fluency of this exceptional duet.
As the title suggests, Flagstone Memories evokes thoughts of the past. Through this recording Andrew, Orla and Jim provide us with a listening experience that demonstrates how past and present are interwoven. Each tune selection is played with integrity and sensitivity. There is also subtle use of variation and ornamentation.

The result is traditional music played with vibrancy, flair and great respect.

Eileen O’Brien

 Flagstone Memories
 
1: The Knights Of St Patrick

2: The Skyeman's,Dinny O'Keeffe's

3: The Coalminer,The Cloonagroe
The Jolly Seven.

4: Madame Bonaparte,
The Garden Of Daisies.

5:Maloney's Wife.
Banish Misfortune.

7:Hills Of Larraga,
The Battering Ram.

8:Joe Bane's,
The Girl I Left Behind Me.

9:Old Hag, You Have Killed Me,
The Pipe On The Hob.

10:The Dangerous reel.

11:Joe Bane's Schottisches.

12:Wellington's Advance,The Leg Of The Duck.

13:Hughie Travers's,
Far From Home.

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The sparse approach radiates the assimilation of older production values of avoiding excess highlighting the nuances embraced and forwarded therein. This is straight forward traditional music, full of quality and precision rooted in East Clare dynamics cool delivery and first rate musicianship. File under excellent.

John O' Regan. Irish Music Magazine review Dec 2011

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