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The Ravishing Genius Of Bones

Brian Finnegan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Singing Tree Music
  • ASIN: B003UNN5VU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,197 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'The Ravishing Genius Of Bones', 9 immensely crafted tracks from revered Irish tunesmith Brian Finnegan, that swing with a beauty and intensity all their own 'The Ravishing Genius Of Bones' is the first release from Irish flute and whistle tunesmith, Brian Finnegan, since his band, the BBC award winning Flook, took time out in December 2008. Anchored in the tradition of his native land but drawing influence from a much wider musical tapestry, this is a thrilling new chapter for the man with the unique brand of trad. For the past three years Brian has been busy touring with Cara Dillon and more recently his new quartet, KAN, who look set to explode onto the folk scene this coming summer. He has also been hard at work in the studio honing the new material for the beautiful Ravishing Genius Of Bones. Nine tracks of cool and transfixing tunes, brought to life in scintillating style in the stellar company of some of folk and world music’s hottest talents. Feauturing Aidan O’Rourke, (Lau) Justin Adams, John Joe Kelly, Ed Boyd, Ian Stephenson, Leon Hunt, Rex Preston, Damien O’Kane, Crooked Still and many more, 'The Ravishing Genius Of Bones' will surely cement Brian’s reputation further in the front rank of the innovators.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian at his best 29 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
The consummate whistle blower does it again. If you want to have more of Brian's playing in the post Flook world, you will surely want this album. It contains a great mix of tunes with great accompaniment. Brian's playing is second to none.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian who? 24 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I confess I'd never heard of Brian Finegan and then I went to a Cara Dillon gig at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell in which Brian was playing as part of the band. I saw his CD was on sale during the interval but took no notice because up to then only the supporting acts had played. People were buying Cara Dillon CDs but I didn't see anyone buying Brian's CD.

Then Cara and band appeared on stage and I soon realised that this Mr Finegan was something special in his own right. After a fantastic performance I headed out and decided to by Brian's CD, and it was obvious I wasn't the only member of the audience to be drawn by his amazing playing.

I started listening as soon as I got in my car and was blown away by the music. Since then (over a week now!) I've played little else and the more I hear the more I love it. The sheer technical brilliance of Finegan's playing and the quality of the accompanying musicians make this album really special.

Brian's hauntingly beautiful whistle playing sends a shiver down the spine and leaves you crying out for more. I'm really looking forward to the next Brian Finegan album now although this one has set an impossibly high standard to beat!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album makes me very happy 17 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
The album is lovely, and has all the brilliant whistle and flute playing from Brian that you'd expect. Add to this a wide range of equally brilliant musicians, and a broader selection of instruments than the (much missed) Flook days - and some beautifully worked out arrangements, and this is my album of the year for 2010 (and I've met some other very good ones too this year).

Ed and John Joe still play a major part too.

I give it 5 stars and a few more too
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5.0 out of 5 stars HIGH STANDARDS 24 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having seen Brian when he recently backed Cara Dillon at the Market Place Theatre in Armagh, (For the first time since his childhood when he was my neighbour in the 1970s), I was bowled over by his musicianship. (I did get to meet with him for a brief chat after that concert). I had realized that he was involved in the traditional music scene as I had over the years heard his name crop up as a session musician for artists such as Cara Dillon, but did not know just how good he is. Out of curiosity I did a search on Amazon to see if he had any material out there and he most certainly does, both as a solo artist and with his former band Flook. He now has a new group he is touring with called KAN.

I decided to take a gamble on this his latest solo release, and it did not disappoint. The quality of the musicianship throughout is simply superb as is the overall production of the album. The stand out tracks invariably are those Brian has composed himself and these include TRACK 3 Marga's Moment/The Crooked Reel; TRACK 5 Last of The Starrs; TRACK 7 Forest Baby/Morna/Castlrock Road; TRACK 8 If Only a Little; and TRACK 9 The 40 Year Waltz/Night Ride To Armagh which for me is the crowning glory of this album. This is not to take away from the remaining four tracks which are superbly executed and delivered.

The liner notes include a poem simply entitled Tomas written by Brian's sister Morna, and knowing the family I can only presume this is dedicated to their late uncle Tomas Finnegan.

The overall feel of the album is not so much traditional (There is a strong traditional influence as would be expected here as this is Brian's background), but it is a folk / traditional blend that will appeal to fans of both genres. This is a wonderfully relaxing listen and highly recommended. You do not need to be a fan of Irish traditional music to appreciate and thoroughly enjoy Brian's work. I for one will be seeking out his earlier albums both solo and with Flook.
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