Tommy Halferty: Burkina | Album Review

Fri, Feb 20, 2015, 09:00



Tommy Halferty



Tommy Halferty is a leading light of the generation of Irish guitarists who came out of Dublin in the 1980s, and his first trio (with John Wadham and Ronan Guilfoyle) was an important milestone in the development of the indigenous scene. Now entering his seventh decade, the Derry-born guitarist has a new trio, with bassist Dave Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady, and Burkina is a fascinating document of an artist in transition, still searching for new sounds. This new chapter is couched not in the carefully phrased language of a finished novel, but with the immediacy of a dispatch from the front, full of vivid detail and passionate outbursts, suggesting that Halferty still has much to contribute to the scene of which he has been such an important part.