Back To The Island

By Matt Molloy

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Re: Back To The Island

A long time coming since "Shadows Of Stone", but well worth the wait. A great selection of tunes, nearly all traditional, but with a few more recent tunes from composers such as Vincent Broderick and Eileen O’Brien. Track #14 consists of 2 original compositions. Some fairly challenging tunes tackled too, such as "The Second Star", and the Scottish selection of reels on track #7, none of which could be called exactly "flute-friendly".
Accompaniments by Arty McGlynn [ guitar ], Brian McGrath [ keyboard ] and Joe McNulty [ bodhran ].
Molloy’s still the "boss" - and just in time for Christmas !
Available from : http://www.mattmolloy.com/new-products/matt-molloy-back-to-the-island

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Flute players !!! - if you want to hear track #1 from this CD - [ preceded by tracks from the new Michael McGoldrick CD, and a track by Laura MacKenzie’s "Brass Lassie" project ] follow this link :

http://www.shmu.org.uk/fm/shows/wednesday-session

Available to listen to until Thursday.

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Review: "The tunes on Back To The Island (only his fourth solo album) are firmly in the traditional idiom – Molloy describes them as being ‘as old as the ditch".

I count 5:
1. Matt Molloy – 1976
2. The Heathery Breeze – 1981
3. Stony Steps – 1987
4. Shadows on Stone – 1997
5. Back To The Island – 2018

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This is incredible how he can play in his 72! I am really amazed!
Does anyone know, what flutes Mr.Molloy plays on this album? Is the Olwell he said about a while ago still his main instrument? But what about the other flutes on the album?

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I could be completely wrong here, but is Molloy’s version of "The Boys of the Town" (track 1B) a different jig? I’ve heard a version of "Boys of the Town" before, and it sounded different. Might just be the way Molloy plays it though.

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I just got this. I’ve been waiting for a more affordable digital alternative and finally spotted it on Amazon. It’s a solid album and Molloy hasn’t lost much if anything which is indeed impressive at his age.

I’m going through the album and tracking down the tune sources for my own personal study. I must say I’m impressed that his original tunes are already here about after only only about a year. Thanks to seankerry

I transcribed PJ & Eddie Maloney’s but it’s similar to Jack Coughlin’s Fancy and Moloney’s Flute from Breathnach CRE2. It’s too close to post it as new and to different to add the setting I think.