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|Matt Molloy w, Paul Brady & Tommy Peoples|
Molloy, Brady, Peoples
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Each a master-musician in his own right, Matt, Tommy, and Paul come together on this album to produce a collection of fiery reels, jigs, and hornpipes. The tunes here are from different sources, mainly from Counties Clare,... more »
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Each a master-musician in his own right, Matt, Tommy, and Paul come together on this album to produce a collection of fiery reels, jigs, and hornpipes. The tunes here are from different sources, mainly from Counties Clare, Donegal and Roscommon, and capture the atmosphere of the informal yet spirited sessions that traditional musicians revell in. Superb Irish traditional music from superb Irish traditional musicians.
If there is one instrument which seems tailor-made to complement the consummate flute playing of Matt Molloy, it is the fiddle. Whether playing with Sean Keane or with Tommy Peoples, Matt just seems like he is plugged into another, a greater, source. Paul Brady is not just another sideman. He also sings a definitive version of "The Shamrock Shore", and plays a couple of reels on a brilliant guitar solo. An album for connoisseurs.
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Maybe the greatest album of traditional Irish dance music
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I consider this album an absolute must for any Irish music collection. Matt Molloy is a consumate flute player who plays not only with speed and fire but with incredible acurracy. Tommy Peoples has never sounded so exciting as on this classic album. His playing literally explodes and captures you from the first note. Paul Brady's accompaniament helped set the standard for modern backing of tunes. Together they created a sound that paved the way for such bands as Altan and Solas. Their version of Toss the Feathers is emulated in sessions the world over. If you want to learn to play Irish music or just appreciate its firey beauty you MUST BUY THIS ALBUM!!!"
Sit down, shut up, and hang on
P. Lozar | Santa Fe, NM USA | 05/20/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful album. Molloy is a virtuoso flautist with a low-key manner, while his former Bothy Band colleague Peoples is a charismatic, creative, rather erratic fiddler. But both share the same approach to tunes: d*mn the torpedoes, full speed ahead. Together they play with fire and passion, enlivening the traditional tunes without losing any of their nuances. Brady is a perfect accompanist, supportive but not intrusive, and performs handsomely as a soloist too. This may be an oldie, but it's a recording I keep reaching for again and again."
If real traditional Irish music is your taste in entertainme
Michael | Placerville, CA USA | 12/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
If your taste in entertainment is real traditional Irish music, this is a must have landmark album. There were other flute pioneers, but Matt Molloy's fast and fluid style of playing was stunning when he first started recording music. Tommy Peoples is little known outside of Ireland. He is featured on the DVD "Come Along the West Road" with a perfect solo performance. Tom Brady had a unique style of guitar accompaniament, from unique chord progressions to open hand playing, to counter point or share lead playing. He has only one vocal track on this album. He is also featured on the mid 70's album Andy Irvine and Tom Brady, an album that included other original Planxty members when they were still a pub playing music group. Matt is also featured on four other albums before he started with the Chieftains. "Music from Matt Molloy's" is a jam session with friends and family from his own pub. It is perhaps one of the few album examples of pub "craic" - an Irish Gaelic term for fun and friendly community spirit of local pubs. Matt and Tommy are also featured on the Chieftains DVD, "Water from the Well."
Back in the day, many Irish were lucky to have two coins to rub together, let alone two or three musicians for a pub music group. Still having small group albums accessible is the only way to return to the old pub style of playing. Other albums I can recommend are "Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn," James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, and Daitha Sproule," and Trian's two albums (Liz Carroll, Bill McCluskey, Daitha Sproule). "Come Along the West Road" is an excellent archive of the last 30 years of Irish Traditional Music.