This is really a very unique album. Fans of Celtic music may recognize the name John Byrne from his days with the band Patrick’s Head. Here he has gone out on his own and joined forces with another group of musicians to put together a CD that is both folk and Celtic in nature. I found it intriguing.
The interesting thing about this album is although it is based out of two older musical styles, it still manages to be relevant and it has a more contemporary sound than many other artists that attempt to blend these two genres of music. This is a quality that is difficult to explain fully, but it gave the CD far more depth than it would have had otherwise. There’s nothing wrong with a simple mix of styles, but done with an added element, as it was here, is just so unusual. The result is that is makes the listener really notice that there is something different going on.
Favorites here include “It’s a Gas That Makes You Laugh”, which has a great vibe to it, and “In Your Savior’s Place”. This is a CD that you really need to hear to get a feel for the sound, but I think its appeal would be far-reaching and include people who have a wide range of different tastes.
Catherine L. Tully specializes in writing about the arts, lifestyle and travel. She is the Owner of 4dancers, a blog for those who love dance, and Editor for Freelance-Zone, an award-winning site for freelance writers. Catherine also reviews music for Celtic MP3s Music Magazine.