Kieran Fahy

Woman from Tuam

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With his second album, this County Galway native and former Sean Talamf fiddler samples a variety of traditional styles, some flavored as a result of his 14-year residency in Belgium. The opening selection, "McHughes," is a set of Irish reels in which Fahy is joined by longtime acquaintance and sometime collaborator Pat Kilbride on cittern and guitar. Kilbride's trademark rhythm is detectable on two other cuts and is a perfect complement to Fahy's expressive and melodic playing. "Sailor's Polka" is another fine example of their symbiotic relationship. "The Teetotaller" is a delightful piece displaying Fahy's fondness for and developing skill at lilting. He is accompanied only by percussionist Stephan Pougin on derbouka (an Arabian, goblet-shaped drum). The air "John O'Dwyer of the Glen" features the delicate guitar work of Duck Baker, which leads into "Chief O'Neill's Favourite," a hornpipe in which Baker's accomplishment is evidenced. The beautiful Shetland air "The Auld Resting Chair" features Belgium fiddler Luc Pilartz in consort with Fahy and guitarist Noel Harris. Those three round out the album with the contrasting "Reels from Quebec."

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