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TRIAN "Trian 2" Green Linnet GLCD1159

Trian are an Irish/American group comprising accordionist Billy McComiskey, fiddler Liz Carroll and singer/guitarist Daithi Sproule. These three have so much individual talent that it almost seems over the top to bring them all together, but am I complaining? Don't think so for a second, especially when the backing musicians are Ciaran Curran and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill.

Right from the first notes of the opening set, this CD impresses with controlled musicianship. Where many groups could yield to the temptation to go wild and batter their way through things, Trian's approach is to let the music speak for itself, with their blend of instruments sitting nicely with the tunes mostly taken from the Irish tradition or self-composed in that style, but also including a seldom-heard Scott Skinner gem, "King Robert the Bruce".

This doesn't mean that they are restrained, however. There is a drive and vigour here which shows how much Trian enjoy what they're playing, and I'd challenge any listener not to enjoy it too.

And then there's the singing of Daithi. He may now be slightly better known on this side of the Atlantic for his work with Altan, but he has been singing for some years now, and his distinctive singing style provides us with a variety of numbers, including a version of "The Lurgy Streams" which he learned from Kevin Mitchell.

All in all this is yet another thoroughbred from the Green Linnet stable, with well written notes about the music and songs as well. Hurry up with No.3!

Gordon Potter

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This album was reviewed in Issue 16 of The Living Tradition magazine.