The Alt: The Alt
Nuala Kennedy John Doyle Eamon O Leary
The Alt Music
Louth flute player and singer Nuala Kennedy has never stinted in her reach on previous recordings, and this collaboration yields another adventurous collection.
Vocals feature strongly, shared by Kennedy, Dubliner John Doyle (a veteran of the American/Irish trad scene) and Eamon O’Leary. The trio’s name references WB Yeats, and their album is fuelled by some intriguing choices.
Lovely Nancy is a lyrically fresh and harmonically rich reading of a tale of unrequited love, and the plaintive Scots Gaelic Cha Tig Mòr Mo Bhean Dhachaigh focuses on Kennedy’s pristine vocals.
Her flute playing beautifully anchors the jig The Geese In The Bog. Unhurried and balanced, with guitar, bouzouki, mandola and whistles, The Alt distils influences from far and near with magnificent ease.