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He's gathered together some serious talent to pull it off though, joining forces with Maartin Allcock from Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull, uillean pipe player Troy Donockley and Irish violinist Eimear Bradley.
This group, however, delves into Irish folks tunes and jazzes them up with a band that's half trad jazz ensemble (drums, piano, bass), half Irish folk band (uillean pipes, button accordian, concertina), with a measure of shared heritage (guitar and fiddle).
It's a likeable collection of largely instrumental tracks, backed with arrangements in flute, viola, violins, cello and Uillean pipes.
The outcome demands to be read when swirling mists create a rus in urbe beyond the Everest double glazing, canned essence of peat smoke enhances the Baxi living flame fire, a glass of uisge beatha sits to hand on the Ikea occasional table, and plangent airs on the uillean pipes waft from the Bang & Olufsen hi-fi.
Formed in 1997 by Dubliner David King, Flogging Molly is a seven-piece Irish American celtic punk band with a sound akin to a 21st century version of The Dubliners.' With King, 49, on vocals, guitar, banjo and bodhr[sz]n he is the only full-Irish member and is joined by a band of Irish-descendants including his wife Bridget Regan-King (fiddle, uillean pipes, vocals), Dennis Casey (guitar, vocals), Matt Hensley (accordion, concertina), Nathen Maxwell (bass, vocals), Bob Schmidt (mandolin, banjo) and George Schwindt (drums, percussion).
Troy Donockley (uillean pipes and Barbara Dickson sidekick), Andy Dinan (double All Ireland fiddle champ) and Tim Harries (Steeleye Span double-bassist).
Hal Parfitt Murray (fiddle), Eoin Duignan (uillean pipes and low whistle) and Matthias Kie[sz]ling (keyboards) complete the sound.
"You'll find traditional Irish musical instruments being played here - the uillean pipes or elbow pipes, the bodhran drum, fiddles, tin whistles, squeeze boxes.
Fiddlehead - (from left) Audra Poor on uillean pipes, flute and whistle, Anthea Lawrence on fiddle and vocals and Lawson Dumbeck on guitar, banjo and bodhran - will close the festival's Saturday evening concert.
On this occasion she was backed by a superb four-piece band with Troy Donockley, who arranged and produced the album, showing his versatility on guitars, Uillean pipes, tin whistle, harmonium and bodhran.
He was in the studio in Birmingham playing the uillean pipes, and I remember him saying 'What key do you want it in, Barry?' I said 'You pitch it where you think it's right', and that was our rehearsal.
In the early seventies he formed what was to become a benchmark band, Planxty, with Andy Irvine (guitar/mandolin), Liam O'Flynn (Uillean pipes) and Donal Lunny (guitar, bouzouki).
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