A Review of the Donal Clancy CD
"Close To Home"
by Donal Clancy
Compass Records 7 4438 2
This review is written by Dai Woosnam, firstname.lastname@example.org, 4/07
If you are a fan of albums that are almost solely guitar
instrumentals – which apart from Dónal accompanying himself in
places with bodhran and bouzouki, and occasional accompaniment on
uilleann pipes by David Power, this very much is - then this is an
album to interest you.
If you are a fan of albums that draw on material exclusively
taken from The Tradition (Hibernian Branch), then this too is an album
to interest you.
And if you are a fan of albums that exude Taste with a capital T,
played with virtuosic skill, then this too will be to your liking.
If you have all three in a row here on the One Armed Bandit of CD
Charms, then all I can say is, please make a beeline for the
I liked this album a lot. Dónal, of course is the son of the
great piper Liam O'Flynn, and started learning guitar as a small kid
with his dad, plus Arty McGlynn and Paul Brady, as his teachers! And it
Everything he approached here, he managed to pull off. A nicely varied
and balanced selection between the up-tempo and the lyrical, he seems
just as much at home taking corners at motor-racing speed as strolling
dreamily down the prom.
My favourite track has to be his version of the O'Carolan harp tune,
"Lord Inchiquin": you'd almost think that it was originally written for
guitar, so natural does it seem.
Many of you reading this will know that Dónal co-founded the
group Danú, but departed soon after. In 2003 though he rejoined
his friends in Danú, with which group he still performs.
I note that he lives these days in Yonkers, New York. Now, whether this
album would be staple fare in the bars and clubs there, I have my
doubts, for it is unyieldingly determined NOT to go down the road of
commerciality. But that there is a market for this album, is surely
beyond a peradventure. And that market exists far beyond the Irish
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