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‘Musicke and Tunes’, a collection of early music and traditional Irish tunes from Sean Siegfried

(December 22, 2012)

Don’t you just love it when an artist follows up a good album with something even better? I certainly do, Musicke and Tunesespecially when I’ve been banging about their talents in the first place. Well I’m here to tell you that ‘Musicke and Tunes’, a collection of early music and traditional Irish tunes from Sean Siegfried, is a beautiful piece of work and a fitting follow up to his 2011 album ‘Backwoods’, which I liked a lot.

The only regret is there are alas, just seven short tracks on ‘Musicke and Tunes’ but if you want to add an album of superbly played tunes stunningly arranged for solo guitar to your collection, then try this. From the gently entrancing and somewhat wistful opener ‘Mrs. Winter's Jump’ by English Renaissance composer John Dowland to Sean’s own arrangement of the earthy depths of the traditional Irish reel ‘The Maids Of Mitchelstown’ this is music that enchants. There’s a jaunty edge to Sean’s interpretation of another traditional tune ‘Cook In The Kitchen’ then as you slide into the layered intensity of ‘The Nine Points Of Roguery’ it’s easy to hear how this enchanting music makes its mark.

Alongside his clear aptitude for interpreting Irish jigs, Sean exhibits an abiding interest in early compositions featuring the lute and theorbo (a late sixteenth century long-necked lute). The individual tunes on ‘Musicke and Tunes’ may come from different sources and periods but under Sean’s skilled fingers they form a classic collection. As I said, only seven tracks to savour but if the mantra for this minimalist approach is ‘Leave them wanting more’ then I would say it has worked with‘Musicke and Tunes’. Hurry up with the next one. Listen and download ‘Musicke and Tunes’ from Sean’s website –

Reviewer: Tim Carroll

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