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‘Sibling Revelry’ from The Casey Sisters “…will simply sweep you away”

(October 31, 2015)

The intriguingly titled ‘Sibling Revelry’, the debut album from the class act that is The Casey Sisters, sibling revelry the casey sistersexudes the highest levels of talented musicianship and without doubt manifest skill. The word ‘expressive’ could easily sum up this album as the sisters pour so much of themselves into the music it talks to the listener on so many levels. The lightest of airs rub shoulders with ‘soul-touching’ songs and ‘step-inducing’ dance tunes to conjure an experience that will simply sweep you away into its enveloping embrace.

From the first moments, with the entrancing energy of ‘The Humours Of Castlebernard/ From Shore To Shore’ through the soft gentleness of ‘Katherine O’More’ to the haunting ‘A Dhroimeann Donn Dílis’ this album will hold you rapt. Were it possible to pick favourites from this album because the whole is so good and everyone will find their own preferences, then for me the dramatic ‘Lament For General Monroe’, their wholly impressive take on ‘Dark Lochnagar’ and impressive expanse of the specially composed, six-part ‘The Brandonbridge Suite’ are the ones that I lean towards the most.

The Casey Sisters are Nollaig Casey (vocals, fiddle, viola, tin whistle) Máire Ní Chathasaigh (Irish harp, pianokeyboards) and Mairéad Ní Chathasaigh (vocals, fiddle, tin whistle, low flute) with Arty McGlynn (guitar) and Chris Newman (bass – track 6). Website: www.thecaseysisters.com

Review: Charlie Elland

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