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Homecoming

by Steampacket

Steampacket formed through a love of Irish traditional music. Their repertoire today includes a mix of traditional Irish, self-penned tunes in the Irish traditional idiom, and a few European tunes that caught their fancy over the years.
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1. Bunny: The Trip to Pakistan/Da sneck o' da smaalie/The Bunny's H
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2. Mickey's: Winnie Hayes'/Brian O'Lynn's/Mickey Dan's '” jigs
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3. Anna's Song
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4. Santiago
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5. Till's: Breton tune/Quarter Waltz '” gavotte/waltz
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6. Fiach's: Fahy'/The Umbilical Cord/Farewell to Phillip Lane '” r
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7. High Noon: The Stage/The High Noon Killer/The Kerry Lasses '” h
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8. Brian's
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9. Eilis: Eilis' Bones/Charlie Lennon's/The Doon Reel/The Curlew '
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10. Finland: Laihhian Polkka/Kuortaneen Polkka '” Finnish polkkas
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11. Cloverfield: Cloverfield Corner/George White's Favourite/The Coc
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12. Waltz for Pelle
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Album Notes
Steampacket delivers Traditional Irish and European tunes mixed with self-penned tunes in the idiom of the Irish tradition.
Geoff Wallis, author of the "Rough Guide to Irish Music" wrote:
"The fivesome are just about identifiable in the rather blurred picture which appears on the liner cover opposite and are, left to right, the bodhrán player Rolf Wagels, flute player Claus Steinort, fiddlers Stephan Schneider and Tina Fastje and, lastly, guitarist and bass player Andreas Lassak. The group has apparently been around since 1999 and this is its debut album, although it was recorded as long as the period from November 2001 to March 2002.

Rolf is a regular at the Frankie Kennedy Winter School and often in Donegal at other times too while, as Tola Custy recounts in his liner notes, Claus spent some time in County Clare. Perusing the tune notes, however, reveals a very broad range of sources for the tunes which appear on Homecoming, from the Shetland-based band Fiddlers' Bid, via the Mancunian piper David Lim and a set of Finnish polkas, to Josephine Keegan and Garry Shannon, plus a bevy of tunes composed by German musicians, including a rather fetching 5/4 time Anna's Song, composed by Stephan.

"Comparisons are odious", John Donne noted, though Shakespeare had it as "odorous" in Much Ado About Nothing. So, it might seem a little unfair to begin discussing Steampacket's affinity to Lúnasa, but necessary, if only to forget about the idea rapidly after doing so. That there is such a connection is largely the product of the instrumental line-up, the combination of fiddle and flute, plus, of course, the presence of the bass, but also one engendered by the overall mood of Homecoming.

Like Lúnasa, Steampacket have produced an all-instrumental album and one which contains many atmospheric changes, but Homecoming, while perhaps offering a nod to the Irish band, is very much an individual piece of work. There's a refreshing intimacy here, not least on the set of tunes kicked off by Fahy's and followed by the late Fiach O'Broin's The Umbilical Cord and Michael Hynes's Farewell to Philip Lane. Added to that is an enduring sense of a quintet of musicians in love with Ireland's music and eager to transmit that joy to others.

No more so is this evident than on the seventh track, a set called High Noon, which commences with a startlingly witty solo fiddle rendition of The Stage hornpipe, followed by gloriously perky versions of the reels The High Noon Killer and The Kerry Lasses (and if anyone doubts the value of a bodhrán in an ensemble setting, they should listen to Rolf's marvellous exploration of the instrument's capabilities on these tunes). Andreas, too, is a devilish guitar player and his playing on Brian's (described simply as "slow tune") reveals a remarkable finesse, added to which the fiddles supply a feeling akin to that intrinsic in the playing of Mary Custy and Stephen Flaherty on After 10:30. There's an element too of the playing of Peter Horan and Fred Finn whenever Claus links up with the fiddlers - a sense of purpose, but in no rush to get there.

Hugely enjoyable, often challenging, other times just plain good fun, Homecoming is an album definitely worth acquiring."

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