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The New Shoes [CD]

Nuala Kennedy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Compass
  • ASIN: B000N3STIY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pink Flamingo Pink Flamingo Jig/Eight And Forty Sisters/Return Of Whistles
2. Cait I Ngarrain A Bhile
3. Hop Jigs Michael Gorman's/The Nest In The Lake/Top Of The Candle
4. Dolphin School Thane's Horpipe/La Ride/Hip Hip Bouree
5. Groves Of Donaghmore
6. Over To Brittany Out There In The Field/La Valsounette
7. Erin On The Rhine
8. Slippy Who Will Dance With Mairi/Miss Brown's Fancy/Come Upstairs With Me
9. Highlands And Islands Francie Dearg's Highland/Siudaibh 'Illlean/Go On Boys Give Us A Tune ...
10. Bhean Ud Thios
11. New Shoes Buddha's Delight/Exam Week/El Paso
12. Bonus Track 1

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars flutes,whistles and a few songs ...... 11 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
If you like 'Celitc' influenced music than this will be a very worthwhile buy . If you love wind instruments , particularly flute music than this will not disappoint . There are some eloquent reviews on Nuala's website --nualakennedy.com . Instantly I loved the opening and closing tracks which were largely Nuala's compositions . 'Pink Flamingo' with the perfectly matched playing of Claire Mann is my own favourite --the track should hopefully make you smile and fill you with energy for the rest of the day ! The Breton tunes were hypnotic , the singing poignant and the blend of musicians and musical influences were perfect . A brilliant first album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare treat 4 Jun 2007
By Tom Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Nuala Kennedy is a rare treat. And her first solo recording, "The New Shoes," is a marvel. It doesn't take long to listen and realize that Nuala doesn't have the potential to be one of the great masters of Irish flute playing -- she already is. Her music is graceful, sweetly nuanced and intricately arranged. It sounds organic and at ease, not at all glossy or overproduced.

Nuala doesn't strive, as so many young musicians do, to impress listeners with splash, volume and an overblown sense of her own cleverness; the music here is straighforward and relaxed and ineffably lovely. That she's also blessed with a beautiful, delicate voice is almost unfair. Nuala sings on several tracks, in both English and Gaelic, and it's a delight every time. The music lights on your shoulder and sings in your ear and, damn it, I was actually a little sad when duty called to put another CD in the stereo and give this one a rest.

People sometimes ask how I can listen to so much Irish music without ever growing tired of it. "The New Shoes" is a perfect reply.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor
5.0 out of 5 stars Nuala Kennedy - The New Shoes (Audio CD) 17 Nov 2009
By D. K. Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I heard one track of this CD on our local NPR radio station and knew I had to have it. I bought it on the premise that it was for my kids who play the flute.

Ms. Kennedy is an extremely gifted artist. The pieces on this album are unique. If you hum or whistle you will find yourself replaying this album in your mind. If you play the flute you'll recognize that this album sounds a bit different as Ms. Kennedy's flute is a wooden instrument.

Eventually I had to give the CD to my kids. After all, I told them I bought it for them.
5.0 out of 5 stars The New Shoes by Nuala Kennedy 8 April 2008
By The Captain - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Nuala Kennedy's biography says it all: She is a woman that simply loves music. Having a background that is rich in music is something that Kennedy has been able to turn from a passion into a profession. While there are many people in this world that have a simple affection for music, Kennedy seems to instead be infected by music. Whether it is her love of music pushing her to teach music to others, or her ability to compose beautiful works, or her ability to simply sing and play music at venues as small as a local session to a larger stage at a concert, Kennedy's appreciation for music allows her listeners to appreciate the music of Kennedy. It is truly a remarkable and symbiotic relationship.

Kennedy's background includes being a member of two well established groups, Fine Friday and The Unusual Suspects . While these groups have allowed Kennedy to be able to perfect simply another musical avenue, Kenned in 2007 determined that it was time to produce an album of her own. Produced by Bob Kenyan, Kennedy's album The New Shoes is a remarkably successful and well crafted album from start to finish.

The album wastes no time welcoming the listener into the music of Nuala Kennedy. From the very first track the listener can see that the creation of good music is not something Kennedy takes lightly, rather, the music appears to be something fundamentally essential to Kennedy. With the precision and accuracy paid to music that a surgeon uses on his or her patient, Kennedy has crafted a remarkable album that is rich with unique flairs and a truly individual touch.

An impressive jig starts off the album right. The Pink Flamingo is a beautifully compiled jig that dances the listener right into the album. The emphasis that Kennedy places on not simply forming good music, but rather, great music, is instantly heard. This track is a great introduction into the rest of the album and the listener becomes keenly intent on desiring for some more of Kennedy's music.

The beauty of the Gaelic language is confirmed on Kennedy's second track, Cait i nGarrain a Bhile . This track focuses mainly on the smoothly and angelic vocals of Kennedy. The vocals take on an instrumental role of their own and the instrumentation takes a back seat to the well tuned vocals of Kennedy. This track exemplifies the brilliance of Kennedy's musical capabilities.

The Groves of Donaghmore is the first track on the album that offers both a steady filling of both vocals and musical instrumentation on the track. This track shows for the first time that the vocals of Kennedy are not lost when paired with musical accompaniment that is meant to be matched to such impressive vocals. It is no small task to find instrumentation that would match nicely to the powerful vocals of Kennedy, however, this track features the accomplishment in a perfect way.

Another impressive track is A Bhean Ud Thios . Another traditional Gaelic tune, Kennedy again slows down the tempo of the music and the vocals again take center stage on the track. The vocals encompass an almost rolling wave feel that washes the listener through the entire track. While instrumental music is often thought of as being soothing and calming, the voice of Kennedy has a way to entering the mind through the ears in a way that most vocalists simply cannot perfect. The track is a lovely perfection of what music in its purest form is meant to be.

Track listing:

1. The Pink Flamingo
2. Cait i nGarrain a Bhile
3. Hop Jigs
4. Dolphin School
5. The Groves of Donaghmore
6. Over to Brittany
7. Erin on the Rhine
8. Slippy
9. Highlands and Islands
10. A Bhean Ud Thios
11. The New Shoes

After having read the biography of Nuala Kennedy, it became perfectly clear that this is a woman that not only loves music, but cares about it, as well. There are plenty of musicians who are perfectly capable of creating good music, however, when a musician comes along and creates music that can make the listener not only appreciate the music of the artist but gain a better appreciation for music in general, that musician is worthy of listening to. Nuala Kennedy is one of those musicians. Her album The New Shoes allows music listeners a glimpse into what it means to be able to craft music that is of the highest quality. And for that, Nuala Kennedy is deserving of having this album find its way into your stereo.

The New Shoes is on the Compass Records label and was produced by Bob Kenyan.

For more information about Nuala Kennedy, check out her website at [...]
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