One of the coolest trad fusion albums I've heard recently! Very jazzy and downtempo, and then it catches you right at the perfect spot and throws you right into the dance. Amazing! Eager to hear more from this group!
Favorite track: Caoineadh do Leanbh Marbh, Tírdhreach Garbh, Bobby Casey's.
Ensemble Ériu, a septet led by Jack Talty and Neil O’Loghlen draw on a wealth of creative sources to perform arrangements of Irish traditional music rooted in the styles of West and North County Clare.
Jack Talty – concertina, bass concertina & electronics
Neil O’ Loghlen – double bass, flute & whistle
Matthew Jacobson – marimba & drums
Matthew Berrill - clarinet, bass clarinet
Úna McGinty – violin & viola
Jeremy Spencer – fiddle
Paddy Groenland – guitar
Sam Perkin – piano
Colm O’ Hara – trombone
Saileog Ní Cheannabháin – voice
“Very developed, soulful and meditative music from an impressive musical intelligence.” – Tony MacMahon
"One of the best Irish albums of 2013." - Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
“Absolutely captivating and enchanting stuff … very refreshing and original.” – Ellen Cranitch of Lyric FM
“They are an extraordinary band, big band, big line up, lots of instruments, lots of imagination, all sorts going on … they are something special.” – John Kelly of Lyric FM
released September 30, 2013
Produced by Jack Talty & Neil O'Loghlen
Mixed by Jack Talty & Neil O'Loghlen
Mastering: Michael Buckley
Design: Robin Fuller