Albums 2013 |Tomás Ó Gealbhain, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail and Seán Ó Fearghail – Lá ag Ól Uisce
A look at albums we have written about in 2013 – here’s Tomás Ó Gealbhain, Caoimhín Ó Fearghail and Seán Ó Fearghail and their 2013 release ‘Lá ag Ól Uisce‘ taken from Irish Music Magazine.
TOMÁS Ó GEALBHAIN, CAOIMHÍN Ó FEARGHAIL
AND SEÁN Ó FEARGHAIL
Lá ag Ól Uisce
Own Label, 17 Tracks, 60 Minutes
There’s something quite special about the wealth of musical content laid out in this album by Tomás, Seán and Caoimhín; recorded over a six month period at Liam Clancy’s studio in An Rinn, Co Waterford. When you open the CD cover and see a sleeve note by Bobby Gardiner and a musical guest list in the form of Donal Clancy, Donnacha Gough, Eimear Ní Fhathaigh, Nell Ní Chróinín, Jimí Ó Ceannabháin and Ciarán Ó Gealbháin you then know that the players involved have garnered respect from some of the best in the genre and listening to the quality of delivery in the instrumental it is easy to guess why.
The tunes on the tracks flow at a steady, unadorned ease with the core melody doing the talking within the hands of skilled instrumentalists. This is exemplified in The Stone in the Field set and is also a standout in the Fly in the Porter set. The lads display their individuality as they stamp their musical signature on the Micho Russell, and Tie the Bonnet sets and the beautiful air Ráiteachas na Tairngreacht which is played with a respect for the tune borne out beyond years. Ciarán Ó Gealbháin is resplendent in the tale of Máirtin an Bháille and Jimi Ó Ceannabháin also delights with a fantastic rendition of Eochaill.
The variety of tune and song and the respect in the treatment and performance of each piece of music is a testament to these Déise boys. Bobby Gardiner concludes his sleeve note with “I love this CD!” and I whole heartedly agree.