Matt Molloy

Matt Molloy

by Matt Molloy
     
 

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Matt Molloy's first solo album came after he'd had more than ten years' experience as a founding member of both Planxty and the Bothy Band. He subsequently took flutist Mick Turbridy's place in the Chieftains, where he has remained ever since while continuing to produce soloSee more details below

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Matt Molloy's first solo album came after he'd had more than ten years' experience as a founding member of both Planxty and the Bothy Band. He subsequently took flutist Mick Turbridy's place in the Chieftains, where he has remained ever since while continuing to produce solo albums on a regular basis. This is one of his finest and most focused recordings; the minimal accompaniment from guitarist Donal Lunny keeps the spotlight on Molloy's finely crafted, virtuosic playing style. Apart from his remarkable dexterity and speed, two things set him apart from other Irish players: the very advanced degree to which he has integrated piping technique into his flute style, and his astounding breath control. The latter is particularly noticeable on "The Humours of Ballyloughlin," on which he produces more ornaments with his lungs than many flute players can execute with their fingers. A sharp, reedy tone in the low registers is another hallmark of Molloy's playing; the tonal definition he achieves on the gorgeous "Lament for Staker Wallace" and the midtempo reel "The Templehouse" is a wonder to hear. But no matter how important his playing is from a technical standpoint, you never get the feeling Molloy is showing off. There's such an unaffected, joyous quality to his virtuosity that it's impossible not to be swept along with his playing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2008
Label:
Mulligan Records
UPC:
0766397300429
catalogNumber:
3004
Rank:
116288

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Tracks

  1. Boys of the Lough/The Tarbolton
  2. Maud Millar/Poll an Madra Uisce
  3. The Lament for Staker Wallace/The Green Gowned Lass/  - Matt Malloy
  4. The Gold Ring
  5. Patsy Toughey's/The Maid Behind the Bar  - Matt Malloy
  6. Willie Coleman's/Pull the Knife and Stick It Again  - Matt Malloy
  7. Josie McDermott's/Martin Ainsboro's
  8. McDonagh's/Toss the Feathers  - Matt Malloy
  9. The New Policeman/The Dunmore Lasses  - Matt Malloy
  10. The Humours of Ballyloughlin
  11. The Templehouse  - Matt Malloy
  12. Traver's Reels  - Matt Malloy
  13. The Groves  - Matt Malloy
  14. Humours of Drinagh/The Mist on the Mountain  - Matt Malloy
  15. The Bucks of Oranmore  - Matt Malloy

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