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Aurora

Michael McGoldrick Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vertical
  • ASIN: B0037B6W0Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,575 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Drawing influences from a life and world beyond his Manchunian roots, this album is a collection of tunes and songs from the internationally acclaimed flute player, the majority of which are self penned, with some traditional material as well - including a song, featuring, Heidi Talbot performing a stunning guest vocal on "Waterfront" written by Louisiana's finest old time master, Dirk Powell.

As well as long time musical associates like Dezi Donnelly and Donald Shaw, the credits do indeed read like a "who's who" of the folk and world genres that Mike is so prominent in, names familiar to us all, as diverse as John McCusker, Donal Lunny, Ed Boyd - an enthralling performance by Parvinder Bharat on tabla, as well as stunning guest performances from Anna Massie, Signy Jakobsdottir, Dermot Byrne and many others.

Michael McGoldrick will be touring the UK with his big band in the autumn of 2010, before that a busy spring and summer of festival and live appearances as himself, and also in all the various guises that this unbelievably talented and versatile musician allows him to appear.

BBC Review

Michael McGoldrick is famed as one of the greatest flute-players in the world (he also plays tin whistle, uilleann pipes and low whistle), and has collaborated with John Cale, Youssou N'Dour and Kate Rusby, among many other luminaries. Though he's evidently not averse to a spot of good old Celtic fluting, as his debut, the markedly traditional Morning Rory, proved, he has since gone on to explore a more invigorated style of playing, bringing an energy and vitality to the flute, in a way that isn't altogether removed from Andrew Bird and Owen Pallett have done with the violin — albeit not quite so pop-orientated. His last two solo albums, Fused and Wired, have dabbled in trance, jazz and Indian percussion.

On Aurora he has reined the fiery experimentalism a notch or two, though there's still something unconfined and adventurous about the way he plays, and indeed the way he structures his pieces. It's there, too, in his willingness to meld the traditional and the more contemporary — the frantic opening of Freefalling, for instance, which McGoldrick explains as having been inspired by a bungee jump in New Zealand, conjures sharp bursts of brass and keyboard, while on the closing Tunin Dre, a song written by guitarist Ian Fletcher, with whom McGoldrick plays in Future Trad Collective, the structure is brought by a west coast G-funk beat.

But there are more conventional numbers here too — Late Nights at the Central, for instance, includes a contribution from Moving Hearts founder Dónal Lunny and is a melding of four jigs, including one in tribute to late-night sessions at Glasgow's Central Hotel during the Celtic Connections festival, and another named Christy's Carrots, dedicated to an allotment-owning friend who leaves vegetables on McGoldrick's porch.

This is really McGoldrick all over; a kind of bungee-jumping, carrot-loving, G-funk flautist. In this record he seems to be finding a new mature footing, the youthful wilfulness meeting a tradition he loves, and something of the bite and elation of his legendary live performances. --Laura Barton

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute delight. 20 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album was a gift from my wish list.I already knew that Michael could play the pipes with incredible skill and emotion,but I didn't know he could sing with equal ability.Buy this album and you will get everything you expect from the man and much more.I hope that the next album features more of his vocal talent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present 30 Dec 2012
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We'd already been listening to this on the computer and knew it was good, saving grace as the other CD's we picked were bummers.
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Just wanted to say how much I love this album. It's so varied and has a slightly jazzy feel to it, which I enjoy greatly. My star tracks are The Jolly Angler and Tunin Dre, which happen to be the final two tracks on the album. Saving the best for last!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely album from McGoldrick 21 Mar 2010
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Another lovely album from McGoldrick. Some great traditional sets along with a bit of brass in the background. Only a couple of tracks that have the more 'Jazzy' influence (which I'm not a great fan off), but they come at the end of the tracks so it's easy to skip them if it's not your taste.

A good album for the collection.
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