‘Flat as the Earth’ from Lonesome George - fusion of music with symbiotic interdependence

(May 15, 2018)

The name Lonesome George may be familiar as the ancient Pinta Island tortoise that surviving into the modern world, died the last of his species in 2012 – it’s also the name of a band from Belfast, formed in the same year. They build their music on an ancient heritage ofFlat as the Earth - Lonesome George music tradition, clearly evident in the foundations of their sound, however in their album ‘Flat as the Earth’ they also demonstrate many influence and integrate them into their contemporary blend.

The interaction between the musicians is wholly evident, this fusion of music could not come to life without interdependence and understanding. This is in evidence through sparkling strings, flute and whistles take in jazzy overtones, rocky drives, and elements of progressive experimentation. The result is a compelling whole that covers observations and commentary on human concerns – the questions of ‘Where We Gonna Be?’, the mendacity of ‘Lies And Adverts’, the plight of refugees in ‘Mercy’, the empathy of ‘Variety’ and the sharp examinations of ‘Alley Cat Preacher’.

Lonesome George is songwriting duo Joe Campbell-McArdle (guitar, vocals) and Myles McCormack (mandolin, vocals) Stiofan Loughran (flute, whistles, vocal) and Dermot Moynagh (bodhran, percussion) with Jack Kelly (upright bass) Paddy Mckeown (tenor banjo) Ben McKenzie (fiddle) and Brendan Loughran (concertina).


Review: Terry Barlow

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