Live It Up

By Reeltime

Five comments

Great Fun, This

This album is light, bubbly, and a lot of fun. The jig and reel sets fly by at a dizzying pace, but manage to avoid sounding rushed. Being a fan of both ITM and American traditional music, I really like the way Reeltime combines ITM with old-time Nashville country and western influences. A couple of the tracks on this album even feature the talents of New Zealand harmonica virtuoso Brendan Power, playing in a distinctively American harmonica style.

There are some pleasant renderings of traditional songs, sung by the band’s fiddler Mairin Fahy, but my favorite tracks are the instrumental sets. Track #4 is one of the most tender waltzes I have ever heard, and makes me yearn to play the accordion. Most of the tune sets have cutesy little names like “The Trucks of Bohermore” (track #1) and “Guiness in Germany” (track #4), but I took the liberty of listing the tune names rather than the track titles.

This is a wonderfully unique offering by a superb group of musicians, and makes for some nice listening. Buy it for that next long road trip. It makes terrific driving music.

The second tune on the first set, labeled Gan Ainm, is McArthur Road.

The 2nd tune on track 13

Thank you , sixholes ! : I was checking out this comment section to see if any info. about that track was here . I love this band .

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