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‘Tall Tales and Misadventures’ from Goitse - an effervescent flow of expression

(September 01, 2014)

There’s something incredibly infectious about Irish music. Whoever you are, part of you cannot help but pick up on the energy and passion that pervades. The wealth of this music appears Tall Tales and Misadventures Goitseincreasingly in the hands of young Irish bands who are committed to explore their tradition and equally happy to innovate and create. This time the band in question is Goitse and their latest album ‘Tall Tales and Misadventures’. A product of Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the band is well-recognised and appreciated, and rightly so.

Mixing their own compositions with traditional tunes they create sets with a figure-hugging intensity and invisible seams. The flow of expression and that permeates this music is so effervescent you fully expect it to carry you away - sprightly tune or emotive ballad the depth of Goitse’s music invites you to join the party. The album opens with ‘Tall Tales’ and closes with ‘Misadventures’ to relate the trials and tribulations experienced by a travelling band. Along the way, the band also created the special magic of ‘Trip To Dixie’ and ‘Changing Lanes’ – both scintillating sets. Songs like ‘Ye Lovers All’ and Tá Sé 'Na Lá are made for Áine McGeeney’s softly expressive voice.

Goitse  are Áine McGeeney (fiddle, vocals) Colm Phelan (bodhran, percussion) Conal O’Kane (guitars) James Harvey (banjo, mandolin) and Tadhg Ó Meachair (piano accordion, piano). For those of us with a touch of Erin’s blood flowing in our veins that wish we were close enough to our own personal roots to master the Gaeilge, ‘Goitse’ is an informal greeting meaning ‘come here’ – and when ‘Tall Tales and Misadventures’ comes your way, that’s exactly what you should do.

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Reviewer: Tim Carroll

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