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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Beoga bills itself as a traditional band, but don't be fooled. With their unusual instrumentation twin lead accordions, piano, bodhran, and fiddle and their Catholic taste in rhythms and tune sources, Beoga's second album title is aptly chosen. Notice, for example, the way the title track starts out in a slyly reggae-ish vein before splitting up into a fractured rhythmic structure while remaining spare and dry in texture. Notice also how fiddler/singer Niamh Dunne's original jig "Luka's Wake" suddenly segues into a dirty funk interlude which then gives way to the sounds of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and a smooth jazz horn section. When the singing starts it's an ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Beoga bills itself as a traditional band, but don't be fooled. With their unusual instrumentation twin lead accordions, piano, bodhran, and fiddle and their Catholic taste in rhythms and tune sources, Beoga's second album title is aptly chosen. Notice, for example, the way the title track starts out in a slyly reggae-ish vein before splitting up into a fractured rhythmic structure while remaining spare and dry in texture. Notice also how fiddler/singer Niamh Dunne's original jig "Luka's Wake" suddenly segues into a dirty funk interlude which then gives way to the sounds of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and a smooth jazz horn section. When the singing starts it's an American song called "The Factory Girl" which, to be fair, could just as easily be an Irish one, and then it's a Steely Dan tune, and then it's a Tin Pan Alley pop song from the 1920s. This is the kind of willful eclecticism that, without due care, could come across as mere gimcrackery and nose-thumbing, but with Beoga it sounds more gleeful and a little bit, well, mischievous. It's also worth noting that when they dig into a set of traditional reels or dark, midtempo jigs, they sound at least as good as the best trad band out there; maybe better. The orchestral bits are more hit and miss. Highly recommended overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397445724
  • Catalog Number: 4457
  • Sales rank: 229,355

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beoga Primary Artist
Liam Bradley Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals
David Howell Clarinet, Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Mudd Wallace Electric Guitar, Guest Appearance
John Fitzpatrick Violin, Conductor, Guest Appearance
Lisa Murray Human Whistle, Guest Appearance
Damian McKee Background Vocals, Button Accordion
Technical Credits
Donald Fagen Composer
Johnny Duhan Composer
Phil Murphy Composer
Walter Becker Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Damian McKee Composer
Mudd Wallace Producer, Engineer
Sidney Clare Composer
Traditional Composer
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