A Clare Conscience

By Aidan McMahon, Anthony Quigney, Donncha Moynihan, Ronan Moloney

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Belharbour (Chris Droney composition)

Track 4, 1st tune is “The Belharbour Reel”, composed by Chris Droney (booklet notes), you can see it here:

Re: “A Clare Conscience” ~ the full list of musicians first:

Anthony Quigney - flute

Aidan McMahon - fiddle

Donncha Moynihan - guitar, bouzouki

Ronan Moloney - bodhran

& guests - - -

Diarmid Moynihan - uilleann pipes (track 10)

Marie Quigney - accordion (track 8) & piano (tracks 4 & 11)

Re: “A Clare Conscience” ~ a joy! - but I am going to be critical!

I love this recording, and have great appreciation for the talents featured here. It is a joy also to play along with ~ on the whole!? But, and yes, there are a few, some of the tunes are pretty dire, and sometimes the arranging plods on ~ my opinion. There’s one track or few that caused me to pause and screw up my face. The worst is the so-called waltz, which starts off badly, though brilliant playing, but a drag, too long an intro, and it never goes anywhere satisfactory for me. At no point does track 8 really register in my mind or feet as a waltz, even if it is in 3/4 time. Maybe it could be worked that way, or just taken as an ‘air’ rather than being called a waltz. I love that time signature, whether it’s marches, waltzes, airs, whatever, but this particular track was just odd. The other niggles are on the whole similar in origin ~ compositions!

Hey, maybe it’s just me? Despite those few things that didn’t register favourably for me, only a few, I really, Really, REALLY love their playing, on the whole, and I love and prize this recording. Mostly it makes me smile. It makes me pick up an instrument and play along too. The mix of the three main players, and the bodhranista too, a charm, lots of smiles and a bit of stepping, and even some goosebumps thrown in. I have easily forgiven the odd moments of “Huh?” Thanks lads, this has and continues to repeatedly give me much pleasure…