Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Album review: Beoga, How To Tune A Fish

Beoga IImage by Amber Wilkie Photography via Flickr
Compass Records 7 4561 2, £14.99

The Co Antrim quintet, fronted by twin button accordions and one female singer/fiddler, are dangerous, devious and a downright delight.

Their casually dynamic, tight, unstoppable grooves are driven by their masterful pianist and their All-Ireland Champion bodhran basher.

No trad purists, these five extract all the rhythmic juice and subtle harmony from this acoustic essay into the byways of Americana, fractured funk, music hall and, naturally, Irish trad.

Guests include Brian Finnegan whose heart-filled flute soars over and blesses their Ballymacaldrick.

Album review: Beoga, How To Tune A Fish - Scotsman.com News