Anna Falkenau: Féileacán na Saoirse

Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 00:00


Féileacáin na Saoirse

Anna Falkenau

Scroll Music


The riches afforded by this textured tune selection (along with a skein of thoughtfully composed sleeve notes) is a reminder of the benefits of the hard copy over the virtual. Anna Falkenau is a fiddler with a highly developed ear for music from Sliabh Luachra and American old-time music. She often favours a deliciously stripped-down style, letting the fiddle’s most primal qualities shine through. This spartan style is a perfect fit for her tune choices, including her own beautiful Ivan’s Waltz. There’s a vitality to Falkenau’s ability to marry tunes, and her pairing of Caoineadh Uí Néill with Liz Carroll’s sublime That’s Right, Too! lingers long after the final notes have faded. Falkenau’s singular voice is ever audible, but never at the expense of the tunes.