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This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 9/98
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This latest release by The House Band (Ged Foley, Chris Parkinson, John Skelton, and Roger Wilson) continues the musical travelogue and the world celtic sound for which the group is so well known and identified.
Drawing from tunes with origins either in or at least influenced by the music and dance of Quebec (Canada), Romania, Brittany (France), Ireland, Greece, Scotland, Northumbria (England), and Kentucky (United States), guitar, flute, whistles, fiddle, mandolin, melodeon, bombarde, harmonica, bagpipe, and feet are all used by the various band members to good effect throughout the compositions and interpretations on this CD.
Being lyrically-oriented, I was drawn to both "October Song," the very first composition of Robin Williamson, and the Cyril Tawney- penned "The Grey Funnel Line." Williamson's mystical musings draw the listener in and build up force as the song nears completion while Tawney's words ably put across the wistful sadness amd weariness of being away at sea for long periods of time, away from family and loved ones. The House Band does excellent interpretations of both.
This CD will work best for those not strictly tied to the familiar Irish or Scottish celtic sound. This group often explores and then expands the boundaries of what most listeners consider celtic music. On this release, the listener will be tuning into the more familiar sound and then find that a detour has been taken off to less explored celtic musical territory. For those up to it, try this CD.
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