Review of “The Trip to Carrick” album, in the Scotsman

This review of the album was published in the Scotsman on the 12/2/2012.

Lamond Gillespie, Cormac Cannon and John Blake

The Trip To Carrick
LCB001, from.custysmusic.com
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CD abum the Trip to Carrick, acclaimed  traditional Irish folk music with  with Lamond Gillespie, Cormac Cannon and John Blake

The Trip to Carrick, acclaimed traditional Irish folk music with with Lamond Gillespie, Cormac Cannon and John Blake

Hard to find, indeed rare of this quality, this is a modest yet powerful gem of instrumental prowess, uniting a fiddler, piper and piano player in their shared love of the “old style” of traditional Irish music-making. Taking their model from the early 20th-century recordings, the monumental solidity of the phrasing with the intricate, expressive interwoven decoration of rolls, cuts and crans is a huge delight over the 15 tracks, recorded “live” over three weekends in a Donegal cottage. Each set of reels, jigs, hornpipes, laments or waltzes is accompanied by well-informed notes.

On the sleeve notes, Irish fiddle legend Tommy Peoples has the final word: “Their music lives joyously in the honour and respect of a cherished and treasured heritage.”

Norman Chalmers