Tune In

Tune In

by Nuala Kennedy


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Tune In

Nuala Kennedy's debut was a glorious piece of work from the young flute player and singer. This time around, apart from a number of Irish musicians, she's drafted in several unlikely cult names to help her out, including Bonnie "Prince" Billy and Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake. There are even some samples on a couple of tracks; put all this together and it's evident this isn't a standard Irish album. Kennedy is at her best on the instrumental sets, which range from the lively to the elegiac, with the opener "Footsteps" a true standout, with very sympathetic backing. She's lovely, too, on the traditional "My True Love," with its sweep of strings. Her voice, however, isn't as good as her instrumental ability, and her songwriting, while very fair, can't match the traditional pieces. That's a shame, because she does have a lot to offer. She's much better off with the old songs or those by others, such as "Little Bird." Although it does have its failings, this is a very ambitious album, and one that works, for the most part. The string arrangements bring a lot to the proceedings and show she's growing very nicely as an artist.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2010
Label: Compass Records
UPC: 0766397453422
catalogNumber: 4534
Rank: 155369

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nuala Kennedy   Primary Artist,Flute,Vocals
Norman Blake   Vocals
Mike Bryan   Guitar
Ian MacLeod   Mandolin
Oliver Schroer   Fiddle,Strings
Luke Daniels   Accordion,Button Accordion
Brian Kellock   Piano
Bonnie "Prince" Billy   Vocals
Julian Sutton   Accordion,Accordion (Diatonic)
Mário Caribé   Double Bass
Brian Schiele   Viola
Robert McFall   Violin
Nicolas Boulerice   Hurdy-Gurdy
Alasdair White   Fiddle
Ryan Quigley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Donald Hay   Percussion
Su-a Lee   Cello
Bryan Shields   Viola
Philippe Guidat   Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Mike Galvin   Guitar
Lea Kirstein   Cello

Technical Credits

Keith Bird   Engineer
Ian MacLeod   Composer
Calum Malcolm   Engineer
Oliver Schroer   String Arrangements,Vocal Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Robert McFall   String Arrangements
Nuala Kennedy   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Whistle
Keith McIntyre   Drawing
Tony Flaherty   Engineer
Dave Kaey   Engineer

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