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Music at Matt Molloy's
Matt Molloy
Music at Matt Molloy's
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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Molloy, the Chieftains' flutist, owns a pub on Bridge Street in Westport in the County Mayo, where musicians from all over Ireland gather for a pint, a slice of pizza, and the kind of impromptu sessions where traditional I...  more »

      
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All Artists: Matt Molloy
Title: Music at Matt Molloy's
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Real World
Release Date: 1/29/1993
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Celtic, Europe, British Isles
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 017046232425

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Molloy, the Chieftains' flutist, owns a pub on Bridge Street in Westport in the County Mayo, where musicians from all over Ireland gather for a pint, a slice of pizza, and the kind of impromptu sessions where traditional Irish music thrives best. Last year Molloy allowed sound engineers to set up in the upstairs room and hang microphones above the musicians' favorite tables in the pub. On the resulting tapes, the conversation and clinking glasses soak into the music, as they should. Except for Molloy and Patrick Street's Arty McGlynn, the musicians aren't famous, but they are quite skillful and contribute some mighty lively music--which, as the liner notes point out, is not the same as fast music. --Geoffrey Himes

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This is the way to hear Irish traditional music
GreenParrot | 08/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Live and alive, this is an excellently done CD with superb sound/recording quality, catching the musicians in their joy at what they love to do and do well. Fiddler Cora Smyth has gone on since this recording to become one of the two main fiddlers in the production Lord of the Dance. Matt is excellent, as always, on his flute, with his friends backing him. Some of his friends have the spotlight. The rendition of "Kilkelly" is not to be missed. It is emotionally well-done and moving. You can hear the pub conversation as a back-drop, with the clinking of glasses and the warmth of laughter. You hear the musicians and patrons enjoying eachother's company. It is LIVE, it is Ireland, it is what the Irish traditional session is all about, and I wish more recordings like this one were made available. It's the next best thing to actually being there! If you love Irish traditional music, and Matt Molloy's style, this CD will NOT disappoint you. It is worth buying. It lives in my CD player."
Almost as good as being there
P. Lozar | Santa Fe, NM USA | 05/22/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you can't make it to Westport, County Mayo, to spend an evening at Matt Molloy's pub, this is the next best thing. A thoroughly high-caliber group of musicians contributed to this album in a variety of styles, from traditional unaccompanied "sean-nos" singing to "everyone on board" instrumentals. The recordings are live and unedited (amazingly enough, given the quality of the performances), and the pub atmosphere is imparted by background conversations, clinking bottles, and even a broken glass. Part of the flavor of traditional Irish music is the interaction between the musicians, the tunes, and the audience, and this recording conveys that better than anything else I've ever heard. I could have done without the Westport step-dancers thumping their way through the final track, but Iarla o Lionard's solo is a knockout. Almost as much fun as being there -- and your clothes don't reek of the smoke afterwards."
The sound of a session, not a studio
Doc Dave | 04/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The album does a fantastic job of capturing the sound of a pub session, which is the natural habitat of the music. Many other traditional music CD's sound sterile, as if they're classical pieces."