Eoin Duignan: Pagan Irish Cath Finntragha
Pagan Irish Cath Finntrágha
The uilleann pipes can offer such an architectural sound: structured and angular, shot through with a fluidity that no other instrument can emulate.
Dingle-based piper, Eoin Duignan’s latest collection is epic in every way: charting an episode from The Fianna’s heroic saga known as Cath Finntrágha, or the Battle of Ventry Strand, it swings, weeps, shimmies and mourns with the most magnificent, graceful ease. Duignan strikes a tone that’s all his own (on low whistle, as well as pipes): quietly self-possessed on Dolar Durba/ The Young Prince of Ulster and later, deeply meditative on Tribute to the Prince of Ulster.
Robbie Harris’ percussion, Trevor Hutchinson’s bass and Donogh Hennessy’s low lying production underscore the organic, unhurr- ied essence of Duignan’s music. This is a collection ideally suited to the uncertain light and ebbing darkness of late winter.