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I Won't Be Afraid Anymore
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Nomos was formed by students of Celtic-music legend Micheal O Suilleabhain at Ireland's University College Cork. At the heart of the band are fiddler Liz Doherty and concertina player Niall Vallely, whose rapport is so tel... more »
Nomos was formed by students of Celtic-music legend Micheal O Suilleabhain at Ireland's University College Cork. At the heart of the band are fiddler Liz Doherty and concertina player Niall Vallely, whose rapport is so telepathic that they can play the trickiest, fastest passages in unison. They are joined by Gerry McKee on mandocello, Frank Torpey on bodhran, and John Spillane on guitar and bass. Spillane wrote three of the four songs he sings on the quintet's debut album, I Won't Be Afraid Any More, but his lyrics tend to be schmaltzy and his tenor a bit thin. Much better are the instrumental medleys driven by Torpey's manic, masterful hand drumming. --Geoffrey Himes
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Exceptional Irish Drum Driven Music!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who says that a bodhran can't keep pace with modern percussion instruments? Failte!(Greetings) There has been renewed interest in this 6,000 year old style of Irish drum, the Bodhran (pronounced "Bow-rahn"). Frank Torpey in the debut album of Nomos is absolutely smokin' on the Bodhran. The reels are fast paced, with Frank altering the pitch of the drum very actively in a backslide technique. He seems to hold the drum at an angle to facilitate the pressure with this backslide technique. Not only is he performing Triplets, he is performing long chains of triplets. Tommy Hayes' advice is to control your triplets, but this is a good example of getting into bed with the triplets and having them take over. What fun! Frank has a new CD ROM Bodhran Tutorial to provide instruction on his style of playing available through Irish distributors. His style and the band's rhythm in general has had a good reception in Ireland. My only exception to this is their second album and falling back on rock and roll drums when Frank has more than proven himself and the case to be made for the bodhran. There are questions being asked about the best Bodhran audio CD's since "The Definitive Collection" for Bodhran came out and was not definitive with the best examples and Colm Murphy's "An Bodhran" delivered an understated example. This is one of the very, very best CD's. It may give you more bodhran than you can handle. I can't review this album fairly without mentioning everyone else in Nomos, as this is an exceptionally talented group. Fiddler Liz Doherty and concertina player Niall Vallely trade off solo leads and double leads. This is yet another strong case about absolutely excellent Irish CD's and groups going basically "undiscovered" outside of Ireland. If anyone out there is a promoter of Celtic fairs and events, this is definitely a band that could overwhelm an American-Irish-Celtic audience. Ceol de Eire Go Brach! (Irish Music Forever!)"