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MOHER "Over the Edge" KRL CDLDL1282

Moher have been going for several years now and I'm really annoyed that it's taken me this long to hear them, as this CD immediately got me listening closer.

The line-up is Michael Queally, fiddle; Noel O'Donoghue, flute; Pat Marsh, bouzouki and guitar; Paul O'Driscoll, double bass, bass guitar and vocals; Liam Murphy, guitar and vocals; and John Moloney, bodhran. Between them, these lads have played with many other excellent bands as well.

Right from the start of the first set, "Bird in the Bush/Silver Spear/King of the Clans", there is an infective drive and power to their playing which picks you up and carries you along, but, unlike so many others, does not sacrifice musical subtlety and purity. Lots of the tune sets are well-known in sessions, and indeed, this CD bring true session feel across, to the point that I immediately wanted to pick up an instrument and join in.

On top of the well-crafted variety of tunes sets, there are rich and mellow renditions of "The Bonnie Irish Maid" and "Donal Og" to slow the pace down for a bit before winding up into more music.

Back to my original point - why has it taken me so long to hear these guys? Festival organisers should be getting in touch with Moher - they'll go down a storm anywhere.

Gordon Potter

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This album was reviewed in Issue 33 of The Living Tradition magazine.