Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Oisín - Bealoideas (1978 Ireland) @224VBR

Bealoideas (Tradition) is Oisín's second 1978 album and concentrates on their vocal work. Here the songs come from the oral tradition, hence the title. Peata Beag do Mhathair is a stunning opener where Geraldine and the band work in perfect tandem. The Bonny Irish Maid is another example of the restraint Oisín were capable of when necessary on such a beautiful piece. Mick Davis' The Cow ate the Piper adds a humorous note while Brian and Tom McDonagh tackle The Gold Ring with great skill. Musically muscular on the Star of Munster and The Providence, their tightness and attack is good enough to move mountains. 
Oisín could really deliver still nothing less than a masterpiece.
~John O'Regan

01 - A1. Peata Beag Do Mhathair  2:20
02 - A2. The Star Of Munster (Reel)  3:10
03 - A3. The Cow Ate The Piper  4:04
04 - A4. The Gold Ring  2:30
05 - A5. The Bonny Irish Maid  5:16
06 - B1. The Rambling Soldier  3:00
07 - B2. The Irish Girl  3:10
08 - B3. The Orphan / Tobin's Favourite (Jigs)  3:10
09 - B4. Fear An Bhata  4:25
10 - B5. The Providence / Cooley's / The Moibhin (Reels)  4:10

Geraldine McGowan: vocals, bodhrán
Tom McDonagh: bouzouki
Mick Davis: fiddle
Brian McDonagh: mandolin, guitar
Seamus McGowan: guitar, vocals
Paul Brady: guitar, whistle, harmonium


CrimsonKing said...

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FishGuy said...

Thank you! I really enjoy listening to this 'and like devils they danced round the piper'...

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