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Heartstring Sessions

Arty McGlynn and Chris Newman and Nollaig Casey and Maire Ni Chathasaigh Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Proper
  • ASIN: B001FOIEZI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,800 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wild Goose Chase
2. Tom Cronin\x{2019}s Homework
3. Song Of The Harp
4. Jigs: I Ne\x{2019}er Shall Wean He; The Priest In His Boots; Tomás Ó Canainn\x{2019}s
5. Among The Heather
6. Sir Patrick Bellew\x{2019}s March; An Cailín Rua Gaelach (The Red-Haired Irish Girl)
7. Saturday Night Shuffle
8. Lament For Limerick; Thomond Bridge
9. The Yellow Barber
10. Gold Rush
11. A Mháire Bhán Óg (Fair Young Mary)
12. The Shooting Star
13. Reminiscing
14. El Vals Argentino
15. Reels: The Old Bush; Pike Island Lasses; The Crooked Road

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Two renowned duos. Two gifted sisters. Two extraordinary guitarists. A multi-faceted, unique quartet… Some of the most important names in Irish music, legendary guitarist Arty McGlynn, virtuoso fiddler Nollaig Casey and brilliant harpist Máire Ní Chathasaigh, have come together for the first time with Britain’s finest flat-picking guitarist Chris Newman to record an extraordinary new CD. The album is an eclectic mix of music they love, from powerhouse Irish dance-music, gorgeous airs, old songs with a contemporary twist and striking new compositions – to bluegrass and ragtime rockabilly! It was put together as the fancy took them: sophisticated, complex arrangements are interspersed with down-home tracks recorded live. Chris’s sizzling guitar improvisations, Arty’s rhythmic genius, Nollaig’s heart-melting lyricism and Máire’s plangent power have created a warm musical world where each individual is showcased and supported by the others. Tracks run the whole gamut of moods from poignant and heartfelt to effervescent and joyful, finishing with the celebratory “session” at the end! Tracks: Wild Goose Chase / Tom Cronin’s Homework / Song Of The Harp / Jigs: I Ne’er Shall Wean He; The Priest In His Boots; Tomás Ó Canainn’s / Among The Heather/ Sir Patrick Bellew’s March; An Cailín Rua Gaelach (The Red-Haired Irish Girl) / Saturday Night Shuffle / Lament For Limerick; Thomond Bridge / The Yellow Barber / Gold Rush / A Mháire Bhán Óg (Fair Young Mary) / The Shooting Star/ Reminiscing / El Vals Argentino / Reels: The Old Bush; Pike Island Lasses; The Crooked Road.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A serendipitous discovery 28 Aug 2009
It isn't often that the first time you hear a piece of music you think "that's fantastic", and by comparison much less often that you arrive at that conclusion after only the first dozen bars of the first track; but that would indeed be a fair assessment of the Heartstring Sessions. This music is extremely appealing and will probably pleasantly surprise many that may not be very familiar with folk music generally.

The artists behind this recording are no strangers to the folk world as individuals or musical couples, but the way their talents work together on this disc acting as a quartet is truly inspiring. Each track is quite different in its own right, some drawing on other musical styles, some more traditionally orientated but all well worth listening to. Unfortunately the Amazon website doesn't let you listen to excerpts from this disc (at least, it didn't when this review was written) but you can hear them by visiting their own website {} which hopefully will allow my assessment to be verified for yourself.

From a technical angle, again it's top marks. The quality of the recording is first rate. The balance between the instruments (and voice on the vocal tracks) is just right and perhaps best of all, the range of instruments played gives rise to a lovely warm, full-bodied sound - quite in contrast to a fair amount of folk music that sounds rather thin tonally. If you have good audio gear, this is one recording that will not leave you thinking that there is something lacking.

Considering the amount of music released in recent years, and the staggering proportion of it that can be described no better than "pure unadulterated dross", I'm glad that for once I've found something new that is genuinely worth listening to. If this foursome produce another album as a sequel to this, then I for one will be keen to hear the result.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd second the last review 6 Nov 2012
By 45156
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An excellent album all round with some of the best traditional playing that you'll find anywhere - spiced by deviations into some quite unexpected styles on the way.

All four musicians on this album are, as the last reviewer said, maestros in their own right, and true masters of their instruments - the two lady musicians are sisters, and their playing is instinctively complimentary in a way that only happens when players have clearly worked together since childhood. Also, the pairings of Newman and Ni Chathaisaig and McGlynn and Casey are also long standing so again, the musicians work very well together.

Put all four together with this fusion of skills and abilities, and this album is the end result - stunning stuff.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
By Bo Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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Thoroughly enjoyed this CD after hearing one of the tracks on a community radio station.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Irish music, you'll enjoy this 11 Mar 2012
By Moe Brooks - Published on Amazon.com
Saw this group in concert in Maryland. If you like Irish music, you have to listen to this group. Does Amazon sell a harp and fiddle because this group has me wanting to learn :)
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