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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Niall Vallely is one of the most virtuosic living players of the concertina, a smaller, circular cousin of the accordion. Its sound is sharper, drier and reedier than that of either the accordion or the melodeon, and in the hands of a player like Vallely it seems to have a life of its own, jumping and dancing with feverish energy. He usually plays in the band Nomos and as a backup musician for Irish-American singer Karan Casey, but on his solo album Vallely is joined by guitarist Paul Meehan and his brother Caoimhin on piano as well as the jaw-droppingly good bodhran player Brian Morrissey on some tracks. The program consists primarily of original tunes written in a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Niall Vallely is one of the most virtuosic living players of the concertina, a smaller, circular cousin of the accordion. Its sound is sharper, drier and reedier than that of either the accordion or the melodeon, and in the hands of a player like Vallely it seems to have a life of its own, jumping and dancing with feverish energy. He usually plays in the band Nomos and as a backup musician for Irish-American singer Karan Casey, but on his solo album Vallely is joined by guitarist Paul Meehan and his brother Caoimhin on piano as well as the jaw-droppingly good bodhran player Brian Morrissey on some tracks. The program consists primarily of original tunes written in a mostly quite traditional style, though there are some interesting curveballs thrown into the mix, such as a fun experiment in non-standard time signature titled, appropriately enough, "Eleven Eight"; a rather dark jig written, bizarrely enough, to celebrate a friend's wedding; and an almost funky reel titled "The Wrong House." Some of the album's finest moments come on the slower pieces, though, such as the gorgeous slow air "Singing Stream." A little less piano would have been better on "1st of August," but in general the arrangements are tight and fresh, and all of the playing is first-rate. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2007
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 5055014600284
  • Catalog Number: 678323
  • Sales rank: 317,357

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Wrong House/The Baltimore Fox - Brian Morrissey (4:52)
  2. 2 Grappa Groove/Nina's Jig - Brian Morrissey (4:32)
  3. 3 Farewell to McCarthy's - Brian Morrissey (4:43)
  4. 4 Singing Stream Air - Brian Morrissey (5:31)
  5. 5 1st of August/2nd of August - Brian Morrissey (4:56)
  6. 6 Eleven Eight - Brian Morrissey (4:39)
  7. 7 Mullacreevie/Dunmore Lasses - Brian Morrissey (5:10)
  8. 8 Longnancy's/Winnie Hayes' Jig - Brian Morrissey (4:04)
  9. 9 Gleann an Phréacháin - Brian Morrissey (3:55)
  10. 10 Tiarnán & Stephanie's/Dark Loanin - Brian Morrissey (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Niall Vallely Primary Artist, Concertina
Paul Meehan Guitar
Caoimhin Vallely Piano
Brian Morrissey Bodhran
Paul Meeham Guitar
Technical Credits
Robin Rankin Engineer
Donald Shaw Audio Production
Niall Vallely Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes
Dave McCune Engineer
Traditional Composer
Paul Meehan Arranger
Caoimhin Vallely Arranger
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