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Album of the week:
Boys of the Lough, The New Line (BOTL)
Musicians have arrived and departed from Boys of the Lough over the years but the essential characteristics of this most venerable of traditional bands remain.
Tunes played with fidelity and feeling and songs sung with clarity and warmth are what the current quartet delivers here and if it begins with something familiar, the Boys of the Lough reel, revisited from their early days, the sole surviving founding member, singer and flautist Cathal McConnell’s liking for digging deep into his vast store of material alone guarantees new pleasures.
McConnell sounds far too innocent to be a criminal on The Boston Burglar but that’s part of his charm, of which the lovely, whistle-led Chase Her Through the Garden delivers the instrumental side.
It’s all classy stuff. Breandan Ó Beaglaoigh’s characterful Gaelic singing and energetic box playing, fiddler Kevin Henderson sounding like Martin Hayes’ Shetland cousin on Da Smugglers, and guitarist Garry O’Briain’s feature on Mary Stokes: the new line continuing and continually refreshing the old one.
From The Sunday Herald, July 26, 2015.
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