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Nuala Kennedy - The New Shoes

The New Shoes

Nuala Kennedy

Compass Records - 4452

Available from Nuala Kennedy's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This very traditional Irish flutist was raised in the rich and wide-ranging history of Irish music, only to move to Scotland, and expand her horizons to more Gaelic music. She plays in a variety of groups that range in size and scope from the trio Fine Friday, the award winning cilidh band, Ceoltoiri Oga Oghrialla, and also the pop/contemporary Celtic group, Harem Scarem. There is diversity of styles and they all revolve around basic Irish/Gaelic music.

Nuala Kennedy is an award winning composer session musician, singer, teacher, and perhaps most importantly flute virtuoso. Her music naturally features the flute as the lead and featured instrument throughout her treatment of a collection of 11 traditional sounding tunes. It is difficult to separate the originals from the traditional songs, which is a sign of focused writing. She is helped here mostly by Claire Mann, flutes, Marc Clement, guitars, and Julian Sutton, melodeons, with the writing. This Compass Records release saw her put together a new group, called appropriately, The New Shoes, and they step up to the table with excellent results. The afore mentioned artists and Mhairi Hall on piano compose this new group, they are augmented at times by a few others who help to fill out the energetic sound that is pervasive throughout the disc. All in the group get a chance to show what they are bringing as there is plenty of room to step to the forefront and display what they are bringing to the disc.

Track List:

  • The Pink Flamingo (The Pink Flamingo Jig (N. Kennedy) PRS/MCPS / Eight and Forty Sisters / The Return of the Whistles (N. Kennedy) PRS/MCPS)
  • Cáit i nGarráin a Bhile (N. Kennedy)
  • Hop Jigs (Michael Gorman's / Nead na Lochan [The Nest in the Lake] / Top the Candle)
  • Dolphin School (Thane's Hornpipe (J.S. Skinner) / La Ridé / Hip Hip Bourée (P. Yates))
  • The Groves of Donaghmore with 'Bluenote' (tune: R. J. MacNeil, (SOCAN) lyric: trad.)
  • Over to Brittany (Là-Bas Dans La Prairie [Out there in the Field] / La Valsounette (J. Molard))
  • Erin on the Rhine with 'Through The Back Yard' (Through The Back Yard (J. Sutton) PRS/MCPS )
  • Slippy ((N. Kennedy) Cò Nì Mire ri Mairi? [Who will dance with Mairi?] / Rogha Iníon de Brún [Miss Brown's Fancy] / Tar Suas Staighre Liom [Come Upstairs with Me])
  • Highlands and Islands (Francie Dearg's Highland / Siùdaibh 'Illean / Gabhaibh 'm Port [Go On Boys, Give Us a Tune] / Angus the Winemaker (K. Beaton) SOCAN / Ward Allen's (K. Beaton) SOCAN)
  • A Bhean Úd Thíos (N. Kennedy)
  • The New Shoes (The Buddha's Delight (J.Sutton) PRS/MCPS / Seachdain nan Deuchainn [Exam Week] (N. Kennedy) PRS/MCPS / El Paso (N. Kennedy) PRS/MCPS)

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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