“Stalwarts of contemporary trad, the Alan Kelly Gang are a creative force all about tasteful arrangements, groove, energy and musicality of the highest order. Their superb new album, The Last Bell, which has been over a year in the making, is an uplifting, pristine collection of original and traditional music that inspires a feeling of joie de vivre throughout. 12 tracks – 8 instrumentals and 4 songs.”
-- Alan Kelly (piano accordion)
-- Steph Geremia (flute, lead vocals, whistle & soprano sax)
-- Alasdair White (fiddle)
-- Tony Byrne (guitar)
-- Manus Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, harmony vocals & additional programming)
Afraid I don’t have a track listing for this one to separate out the tunes. Can someone help?
“The Allan Kelly Gang” were featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s “Travelling Folk” programme last night, playing a live set from the “Celtic Connections” festival currently taking place in Glasgow. They played some tracks from this CD, which I think you’d be able to listen to through the BBC “iPlayer” for the next 7 days. It was a good set, which suggests that the CD would be well worth a purchase.
I know, I was there watching it live!
So what did you think ?
Loved it! Whilst I was there originally for Breabach, I enjoyed it a lot!
Fixed up the individual tracks! This is a cracking album!
Track 3, 1st tune ?
Track 9, middle reel ?
Track 10 : Hopvotte
In the liner notes, the first tune to be named is “Shetland Sky”. I wonder if this name corresponds to the first tune to be heard on this track, as the music is in 6 time, not in 9/8 (as the name of the set let it suppose)… The second tune to be heard, at 1:51, is a breton Ridée (dance on 6 beats) credited to Gilles Le Bigot, the great guitarist of, besides other bands, Skolvan. This tune appears second in a set called “Boules et guirlandes” in their “Swing and tears” album (1994) . It is certainly not a gavotte which in Brittany is a dance based on 8 beats (4/4). From 2:25 begins the gavotte. Between 3:15 and 3:43 is a sort of “interlude” (Shetland Sky ?), and 3:43 goes back to the Gilles Le Bigot’s ridée to the end.