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Genres: Folk, World Music, New Age, Pop
This is Pat Kilbrides fourth solo album. The years he has spent touring and absorbing different cultures have coalesced with a finely honed technique to create an album of beauty, from a mature musician. Here is consummate... more »
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This is Pat Kilbrides fourth solo album. The years he has spent touring and absorbing different cultures have coalesced with a finely honed technique to create an album of beauty, from a mature musician. Here is consummate guitar playing that is both crisp and accurate when playing melody, driving or sensitive when accompanying others. His cittern skips delightfully along with the other instruments and great songs too. Pat is joined on the album by a number of musician friends - Brian Kelly, Tommy McManamon, Miriam Kavanagh, Kane O'Rourke and Gino Lupari. He is also joined by his battlefield peers Alan Reid, Mike Katz and Alasdair White.
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Return to form for talented singer/musician
Jeff Rich | King of Prussia, PA United States | 05/03/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Pat Kilbride has carved out a unique niche for himself in the Celtic music world. There aren't many other musicians out there who have dedicated so much to the use of guitar and cittern as melody instruments in this type of music. Add to that some well chosen and sung tunes, and you get some pretty solid CDs. After the more folk oriented Loose Cannon, Nightingale Lane marks a return to the focus of Undocumented Dancing and Rock & More Roses, while maintaining a character all its own. A simpler production this time, with much of the material featuring just Pat but very musical. Guest stars this time feature Scottish friends from Battlefield Band.Things start off with a rousing set of original tunes. Pat had composed some original songs on his last two CDs, as well as some instrumentals on the last CD. He turns out some strong work here, particularly that opening set and a nice waltz on track 7. His guitar skill also comes through in the more loosly structured title track.In addition to these original instrumentals, he tackles three separate O'Carolan tunes. That could be considered a little too much focus on a composer with such a distinctive style, but the versions are so nice you won't mind. I was left wondering what an entire CD of O'Carolan on guitar and cittern would sound like.As can be seen in my other reviews, I lean pretty heavily towards the instrumental end of Celtic music. But there are times where a well chosen and vocalized song can grab me, and Pat has been pretty consistent with that. First off is a rendition of Nancy Griffith's Hard Life. Pat had already done a lovely version of this on Loose Cannon, and I don't think much is gained here, but it's still decent. The Kinsale Herring and Henry My Son are fun songs, both very Irish in style. Then there's the moody Rickrack, about a boy trying to take his life in the direction his heart demands. Pat's skillful use of guitar and cittern are his biggest strengths to me. There really aren't that many musicians out there using them for melody other than Tony McManus and Arty Mcglynn. A sound is achieved you won't often hear elsewhere, but more importantly it's just good music."
Great contemporary Celtic folk music
Joe Sixpack -- Slipcue.com | ...in Middle America | 01/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A beautiful album of traditionally-oriented modern folk songs, mostly written by veteran Celtic musician Pat Kilbride, an on-again/off-again member of Scotland's trad supergroup, the Battlefield Band. This is a sweet album, with plenty of first-rate citterna and guitar work. The only (very mild) missteps are covers of a couple of Gerry Rafferty and Nanci Griffith tunes, contemprary folk tunes that stand out a bit too much from the other, more trad sounding tunes. (Maybe I'm just "over" hearing Nanci's "Hard Life"...) On the whole, though, there's nothing to complain about here... It's a very nice, very listenable record. Lovely!"