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Michael McGoldrick - Wired
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 24/02/2008 08:20:35
Master tunesmith and all round good guy Michael McGoldrick returns with his latest solo recording albeit aided and abetted by several of Scotland and Ireland's finest musicians. Year's ago Donal Lunny used to be the driving force behind cutting edge Celtic melodies. Since then the baton appears to have been handed to Capercaillie's Donald Shaw and let's make no mistake this is in many ways a two man project. McGoldrick's performance on flute, whistles and uilleann pipes is never in question but by enhancing the melodies with an arsenal of exotic textures such as Neil Yates flugelhorn and trumpet or the tablas and marimba of Parvinder Bharat and Signy Jacobsdottir the whole thing becomes more consumer friendly. I've recently become a convert to Smooth Jazz which trust me is treated with the same amount of derision in certain jazz circles that 'folk music' is perceived by the general public but is that really so bad when the standard of music is this good and will appeal to a far wider audience - I think not! No, life's too short to be bitter. Instead why not let the music succeed on its own merits and chill out. Not so long ago these musicians would have been burned at the stake for 'selling out' but hopefully we've come a long way since then in conquering these prejudices. I hope so because this is a work of pure art and whilst I'd like to congratulate everybody individually on their contribution I won't because there's nineteen plus the Scottish Ensemble and that's without the backroom boys. Let's just say buy this album and enjoy the music.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: celtic3 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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