Laurence Nugent

Traditional Irish Music on Flute and Tin Whistle

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Laurence Nugent plays flute and whistle in an exuberant but straight-ahead style, always directing the listener's attention toward the music rather than the musician. But that's not to say that his playing is plain or uninteresting; he maintains interest by switching instruments frequently, exploiting the contrast between his flute's dark, woody tone and the more vinegary timbre of the whistle, and by indulging occasionally in modern touches (such as the double-tracked flute on "The Fair of Ballydarreen"). His accompanists are well chosen on this album, and include the brilliant guitarist Arty McGlinn, fiddler Liz Carroll and pianist Martin Fahey, who plays beautifully on the stately waltz "The Cricket's March over the Salt Box." Other highlights include a gorgeous slow air called "A Longing for Peace" and a reel set consisting of "The Mossy Banks" and "The High Hills of Larghey" (which unfortunately sounds like it was recorded from the back of the room). Highly recommended.

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