Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blanke - Dermot Byrne
1 CD(s) - Celtic - Label: CD Baby - Distributor: Discovery; Discord; Proper - Released: 09/07/2012 - 689232117863
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Review of "Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blanke - Dermot Byrne"
Good to see things settling down on the site.... Just 4 working days to go to (early & semi-) retirement!..... "Age doesn't matter - unless you're a cheese" as some wit once put it!
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I came across this album by chance, and decided to give it a punt. It was going for the silly price of £2.00 – nothing to lose, really! I love instrumental folk music, and this one looked promising.
Dermot Byrne comes from County Donegal in the Irish Republic and learned his craft on accordion – and many tunes – from local players. Floriane Blancke comes from Paris, and has a classical background as well as having studied jazz and world music. She plays harp and pianoThis promised to be rather different – but would it “work”?
The albumTh album comes in the increasingly common card packaging, but at least the cover folds out to display brief notes about the artists and the tunes. It consists of 12 tracks and plays for about 46 minutes.
The tunesIt’s never easy to review am instrumental album, but I’ll do my best!
>>>> Monaghan jig/The Templehouse Reel > Amhran na Leabhar > La Bourrasque >> Mister O’Connor > Farewell > The Mathematician/Johnny Wilmot’s Fiddles > Sore Point > Vas-y-Mimille > Killyburn Brae/Trim The Velvet > La Clairiere > Kishor’s Tune the variety of mood represented here – from upbeat to contemplative>>> the varied arrangements – not every track features accordion and harp, and those that do don’t all feature them in equal measure. I also like the addition of one vocal track to (mainly) piano accompaniment
>>> the pairing of harp and accordion – this is the only album I have that does this, and I think that the two instruments complement each other well>>> the addition of a vocal track, beautifully sung
>>> nothing specific comes to mind. My rating simply reflects that this isn’t one of my favourite albums, and although there are some tracks that I like very much, there aren’t any that quite blow me away.
I’M LESS KEEN ON…
It’s becoming harder to source new. Amazon are selling hard copy for £14.27, though it’s available new through their Marketplace for just over £10.50. I have found both Dodax and Marvelio to be reliable suppliers.
Product Information : Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blanke - Dermot Byrne
Manufacturer's product description1 CD(s) - Celtic - Label: CD Baby - Distributor: Discovery; Discord; Proper - Released: 09/07/2012 - 689232117863
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