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Ancient walls

by Clanú

A wonderful collection of melodic songs and tunes that have been uniquely produced and will push the boundaries of traditional folk music to a new level. The 10 original and several trad arranged pieces will fill your heart and make you want to dance.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The outlaw Joseph Emmet
2:49 $0.99
2. The House set
3:22 $0.99
3. Where you going
3:35 $0.99
4. Cronin's hornpipe
2:16 $0.99
5. Bruach na carraige báine
3:55 $0.99
6. Slow whiskey
4:44 $0.99
7. The Butterfly set
2:53 $0.99
8. Garech's set
2:58 $0.99
9. Never look back
3:44 $0.99
10. Into the sun set
3:06 $0.99
11. The Purple pillow
2:16 $0.99
12. She came to me softly
3:29 $0.99
13. March of the Greco Celts
2:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
REVIEW from The Irish Music Magazine,
Ancient Walls
Stubborn Ass Music SAM3 201
13 tracks 42.23 minutes
This is traditional music but not as we know it. Clanú are a sort of Chieftains for the 21st century in that they take the sounds of the tradition and with great respect they re-interpret it in a way that while retaining its soul they give it a voice for a new generation.
From the opening and well titled Outlaw Set you know you are listening to a masterful blend of old and new blending a new composition The Outlaw Joseph Emmet by Barry Skeffington with a re-working of The Gravel Walks.
The first vocal contribution is Where You Going and again we get a story song that would fit into the ancient canon but as a new composition it has an urgent feel and strong lyrics enhanced by the backing banjo. Showing that the new wave revere the old material one need only listen to the excellent rendition of that wonderful air, Bruach na Carraige Báine. No true music lover can be anything but moved by it.
There is a sly hint of what track six has to offer in the title Slow Whiskey. Yes it is that rollicking old favourite of the pub and concert crowd Whiskey in the Jar but Clanú give it an amazing slow delivery that is a joy to hear. Hearing those lyrics delivered in this way reminds us of the quality writing that we so often take for granted in songs we get over familiar with.
Butterfly Set will have you visualising those creatures flitting about your living room. Clanú experiment in an interesting way on The Purple Pillow giving the same tune as a jig and then as a reel. Another beautiful new song is She Came to Me Softly continuing the proud folk tradition it recounts suffering in word pictures set to music.
The album concludes with another new piece called March of Greco Celts. Clanú are certainly a band to watch out for. One could imagine some rousing live performances with lots of heart based on this album.
Nicky Rossiter

REVIEW from The Celtic Muisc Fan
Great Irish music comes pouring in with Clanú.

I have no doubt that this band is going to create more great albums in years to come. I think they are in the right track with their music. It is always inspiring to have a kind of music that not only lets you look back at traditions but also makes you FEEL inside. Clanu is one of the finest examples how Irish music is flowering, taking other influences and spreading awareness to both national and international listeners. Thanks to cyberspace one can keep track of these things which would be impossible offline. The little article I did became an agreement with Dee McIlroy (singer / guitarist/ producer) for an online interview which took sometime due to the band’s rigorous touring schedule. If you are not aware yet, Dee(Dermot) runs a great company called McIlroy Guitars http://www.mcilroyguitars.co.uk It was worth the wait because they are the featured band for this week.

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