Niall Vallely / Niall & Cillian Vallely

Callan Bridge

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Armagh brothers Niall and Cillian Vallely come to this album with impeccable pedigrees in traditional Irish music. Cillian is part of the acclaimed Lunasa, while Niall works with partner Karan Casey, as well as having been a founder of Nomos. 'Nuff said. But this experience is only part of it (as is the fraternal communication they bring to the project); the sheer quality of the playing (tracks were recorded in the U.S. and Ireland) puts much of today's Celtic output in the shade. The older pieces stay well away from the tried and true, and mesh seamlessly with originals like "The Singing Stream." Niall shows the possibilities of the concertina in a small group, making it sing gorgeously, while Cillian demonstrates why he's one the great names in a new generation on the uilleann pipes. Together they renew the old while adding to it, on a disc that should bring them plenty of attention within true Celtic circles.

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