The Northern Breeze

By Michel Balatti

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Re: The Northern Breeze

This album is a true treasure full of passion and great playing… Really worth listen!

The Cloon Set

The Northern Breeze is the solo project of Italian flute and whistle player Michel Balatti.
Michel is a well known artist in the Italian and European folk scene, due to his career with the Birkin Tree (the foremost Irish music band in Italy) and with the Italian traditional music band I Liguriani, with whom he has toured Europe extensively over the course of the last five years.

The core of the album repertoire is Irish music: from traditional tunes (both obscure and well known), to a selection of reels, jigs and slow airs by some of the predominant contemporary composers within the tradition, such as Paddy O’Brien, Brendan McGlinchey, Martin Nolan, Michael Queally and Liz Carroll. An American old time tune, a Swedish waltz and four original compositions by Balatti complete the tracklist.

Simple artistic production and minimalistic arrangements were chosen to highlight the strength of the melodies and the expressiveness of Balatti’s flute playing.

Line up:

Michel Balatti – flutes, whistles
Michael Bryan – guitar
Fabio Biale – piano, bodhran

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Re: The Northern Breeze

One listen of the Cloon set on youtube. Bags of energy and swagger, fantastic.