In Full Sail – Faoi Lán Seol album review: a heady mix

In Full Sail - Faoi Lán Seol
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Artist: Zoe Conway, Dónal Lunny & Máirtín O'Connor
Genre: Traditional

The title tells it like it is: In Full Sail – Faoi Lán Seol is a magical snapshot of three musicians flying fast and high on the momentum they have conjured with apparent effortless ease.

Zoë Conway, Dónal Lunny and Máirtín O’Connor achieve the near impossible: capturing the energy of a live performance in studio, fuelled by a heady (and deliciously unpredictable) mix of traditional and spikily original tunes, along with a smattering of covers.

Conway strikes a lonesome tone on their gorgeous reading of Coinleach Ghlas An Fhómhair, and it's a delight to hear Lunny (long admired for his percussive genius) give free rein to his subtle melodic sensibilities. O'Connor's playing is a joy, his original compositions offering an Einsteinian facility to surprise and delight. A richly diverse collection.

Siobhán Long

Siobhán Long

Siobhán Long, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about traditional music and the wider arts