As beautiful and as breathtaking as the Emerald Isle itself. Gerry O’Beirne is truly a master guitarist and in his album “The Bog Bodies and Other Stories: Music For the Guitar” we see him at the top of his game. While many people are put off or intimidated by instrumental CDs this is sure to convert all doubters. The variety, depth and artistry illustrated in every single track is truly awe-inspiring.
Part of the reason for this is that just like a painter uses different pallets and different brushes to create a desired effect, we hear Gerry pulling on different influences and different styles to create his own desired sound. While Gerry was born and grew up in County Clare, Ireland, he has also lived in Ghana, England, California and Mexico, and each of these country’s different styles and sounds can be heard throughout this CD. Therefore, his compositions do not sound simply like the traditional music we all know and love, but instead something more unique and all it’s own. For example, “Oldcroghan Man” and “Winter Sun” are a perfect display of the blending of various styles and influences; consequently, are my favorite tracks on this album.
However, having performed with the likes of Andy M. Stewart, Kevin Burke and Andy Irvine and showcased on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion one would expect nothing less from this suburb artist. Which is why I highly recommend you listen to this CD and let Gerry O’Beirne take you on a wonderful, musical journey.
Stephen Mc Sweeney is a High School English/Drama teacher. Besides writing for the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine, he enjoys acting, writing and playing Celtic music. He can be seen as one of the members of the band Terrible Musicians, where he plays percussion and mandolin.