Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Dick Gaughan, Andy Irvine|
Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
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Unlikely, stunning mix of acoustic and electric virtuosity
Bruce Boyes | SLC, UT USA | 11/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was at first taken aback at the mixture of Dick Gaughan's traditional acoustic work and Andy Irvine's electric guitar. You might imagine that it would ruin both styles of music. In fact, this unlikely combination produces some of the most hauntingly beautiful songs I have ever heard (The Flowers of the Forest - for example). The juxtaposition of these two externally very different artists is is at times simply stunning. It may take more than one listen for the full depth and impact of these tunes to hit home, but it's an album of which you will not soon tire. Highly recommended."
One of my all-time favorite songs
SWboy | 04/06/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We've owned the LP version of this for years, and I'm DELIGHTED that it's finally available on CD. Both Gaughan and Irvine are fine singers and musicians with distinctive styles and voices. But Dick Gaughan's "Lads O' the Fair" remains one of my all-time favorite songs (maybe tied with Bruce Cockburn's "Wondering Where the Lions Are" for #1). Outstanding. If you're a Celtic music fan of any sort, get this CD. Now."
SWboy | hometown USA | 07/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Many of the songs here rank with the best music of either man. Start first with "Andy Irvine and Paul Brady" and Gaughan's "Handful of Earth" though. (Both are available at Amazon.com).
In this collection, 'Captain Coulston' and 'Lads of the Fair' are excellent, but some of the ballads don't really hold my interest. They could be considered closer to 'art music' than folk, though its a matter of opinion... Gaughan plays acoustic guitar and dubs electric on one track, Irvine plays mandolin and bouzouki. Their rhythm is revolutionary in a way. They use riffs and melodic figures in the accompaniment, rather than only strummed chords. This virtuoso approach is a pleasure to hear (and examine if you play mandolin or guitar)"