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Cloudy Day Navigation
     

Cloudy Day Navigation

by Gráda
 
Very much an Irish folk band but hardly a traditional one, Grada is equally comfortable performing original neo-folk compositions, covers of songs by Suzanne Vega and Sonny Condell, and tunes from Britney alongside the traditional Celtic tunes (and

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Very much an Irish folk band but hardly a traditional one, Grada is equally comfortable performing original neo-folk compositions, covers of songs by Suzanne Vega and Sonny Condell, and tunes from Britney alongside the traditional Celtic tunes (and traditional-sounding original tunes) which one might expect of them. In fact, the majority of the tunes presented on Cloudy Day Navigation are originals, and most are excellent -- though the "Maria Letizia's" reel set bogs down a bit at the beginning and then truly unravels on the second tune, and "Red Civic" plods along a bit ponderously, everything else is exceptionally lovely. The group's swinging rendition of the Susan McKeown song "River" is one of the album's high points, as is the lovely "Twenty-One Foot Man," a beautiful reel that showcases some spectacular paired (or overdubbed) low whistles. The quiet and pensive "Natural Progression," a modern composition by Declan Folan, is another treat. Producer Trevor Hutchinson (of Lúnasa) gives the band a warm but clear sonic environment in which to work, and the accompanying DVD shows Grada playing brilliantly at the Temple Bar Music Center in Dublin. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Compass Records
UPC:
0766397445120
catalogNumber:
4451

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Gráda   Primary Artist
Trevor Hutchinson   Electric Bass
Tola Custy   Fiddle
Vyvienne Long   Cello
Andrew Laking   Guitar,Vocals,Double Bass,Group Member
Bill Blackmore   Trumpet
Colin Farrell   Fiddle,Human Whistle,uillean pipes,Group Member

Technical Credits

Sonny Condell   Composer
Trevor Hutchinson   Producer,Engineer
Susan McKeown   Composer
Brian Gray   Director,Producer,Camera Operator
Traditional   Composer
Emily Smith   Composer
Andrew Laking   Arranger,Drawing
Colin Farrell   Arranger
Conor O'Mahony   Camera Operator

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