The Ancient Voice Of Ireland

By Mick O’Brien

Added by Jumper .

Three comments

A collection of airs played on the uilleann pipes

This 1999 release appears to be aimed primarily at the tourist market. It contains 11 airs, and nary a jig, reel, hornpipe, slide, polka or mazurka.

Mick O’Brien’s piping and low whistle playing are, as always, thoughtful and well-executed, but the entire collection is sadly awash with overwrought production and inappropriate accompaniment. The adjective "cheesy" has been used to describe this album elsewhere, and one well-regarded Dublin musician has gone so far as to make the claim that "I had an elevator installed in my terraced 2up 2down especially to listen to that CD."

On the other hand, it has also been said that it’s a great CD to learn these airs from.

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The album’s obvious purpose is to be a collection of airs so I wouldn’t expect to see dance music on it, any more than I would expect an album of dance music to have airs.

About the accompaniment being inappropriate, that’s in the eye of the beholder. My favourite track is My Lagan Love which has synth backing. I generally dislike synth in trad but for this track I think the synth works well.

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I agree with Jumper. It’s excellent piping, but the reverb-heavy accompaniment is unpleasantly cheesy. I’m sure I’ve heard this played in numerous hotels.

Richard, I think you mean ‘in the ear of the beholder’ and, frankly, the synth work is crass and completely unnecessary.