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‘Silver Threads’ - delicious debut album by Yvonne Bolton and Alan Jordan

(June 24, 2013)

Yvonne Bolton (concertina, fiddle) and Alan Jordan (guitar, vocals, low F whistle, electric bass) have with their delicious debut album ‘Silver Threads’ created a slice of unadulterated beauty. This exquisite SilverThreads01-1024x907exercise in musical perfection includes both original material and sources from the Irish tradition to deliver an album of versatile simplicity that draws you into the resonant authenticity on offer.

Their self-penned reels, hornpipes and waltzes have a surety of style gained through their immersion in their art, inspired writing and innovation fostered through the indomitable heritage of their Irish roots. Take in the reels ‘The Snake Charmer’ and ‘Dance of the Mermaid’ the ‘New Beginnings’ hornpipe or the seductive waltz ‘Masacre de las Moscas’ - all you need to endorse that statement. Equally at home working within the tradition with songs like the haunting ‘Black Waterside’ and the sprightly jigs of ‘The Wishing Well’ and ‘Tansey’s Favourite’ this duo breathes vibrancy into every note.

Two innovative jigs from Yvonne and Alan respectively ‘Chicken in the Woods’ and ‘Dave & Pernille’s Jig’ showcase their liberated approach, while ‘The Dreamer’ complete with its evocative piano exudes a tangible warmth. Add the spirited vitality of ‘Mazurkas’ plus the authority and vigorous enthusiasm of ‘March/Highland/Reel’ and you have a compendium of enthralling folk music.

Also featured on ‘Silver Threads’ are Dermot Sheedy (bodhran, shaker) Joe O Dubhghaill (cello) and Matteo Cullen (piano).

Reviewer: Tim Carroll

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