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‘An Exploration of Irish Traditional Music on Piano’ from Caoimhín Vallely - a variety forms, structures and styles

(December 27, 2016)

On the face of it an album that consists solely of piano music could to some, be a daunting prospect. Never fear, for if you know his music already there will be no trepidation, if you do not then be prepared to hear both diverse Exploration of Irish Traditional Music on Piano from Caoimhín Vallelyand expressive piano music as Irish musician Caoimhín Vallely, takes you through ‘An Exploration of Irish Traditional Music on Piano’. This self-titled album is a flow of near-continuous music and certainly an ‘exploration’ as it moves deftly through a range of moods, expressions, atmospheres and feelings, moving as it does so through a variety forms, structures and styles to entrance and absorb.

Throughout the album, Vallely remains unafraid to experiment, invent and innovate, transforming this from an album of piano music into a vibrant, colourful and transforming ‘soundscape’ that takes the listener through defining musical realms with the animated ‘Splendid Isolation’, the lamenting ‘Amhran na Leabhar’ the deep felt meanings of ‘James Connolly’ and ‘Richard Dwyer’s’ or the iridescent ‘Boys of Ballisodare’.

Playing on ‘An Exploration of Irish Traditional Music on Piano’ with Caoimhín Vallely are Brian Morrissey (percussion) and Fiona Kelleher and Karan Casey (voices).

Website: www.caoimhinvallely.ie

Review: Charlie Elland

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