Mick O’Brien, Emer Mayock and Aoife Ní Bhriain
Tunes from the Goodman ManuscriptsIs Mise Records ***
The bounteous riches of the 19th-century Goodman collection are honoured here by a trio who unveil selections from this priceless tune store with the keen eye of a seamstress and the ears of musicians in pursuit of each melody’s essence. Piper Mick O’Brien, flute player Emer Mayock and fiddler Aoife Ní Bhriain (Mick’s daughter) pay ample attention to their chosen task; the result is an Aladdin’s cave of tunes, treated with a grace and ease that belies the threesome’s almost surgical attention to detail. The familiar rubs up alongside the newly discovered, each tune infusing the other with an urgency and vibrancy. The collection invites endless return visits, each tune celebrated in glorious technicolour thanks to the jagged-edged beauty of the musicianship.
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