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TIM O’SHEA & FRIENDS - Another Skin Too Few

TIM O’SHEA & FRIENDS - Another Skin Too Few
Lackeen Records LACKCD006

Killarney native Tim O’Shea has been part of the local music scene for over 25 years. To celebrate this event, he has issued a new album, Another Skin Too Few. With musical friends Rosie Healey and Michael Kelliher, he has produced a typical Sliabh Luachra traditional album in so far as there are no reels but plenty of slides, polkas, hornpipes, marches and waltzes present. Remembering such pivotal Kerry musicians as Paddy Cronin, John Cronin, Stephen Carroll and Con Durham, the collection radiates a sense of place and time firmly rooted in West Kerry.

The music has the characteristic swing and lightness as found in the Clog Polka and Going To The Well For Water – led by Rosie Healy’s flute and Michael Kelliher’s accordion. Vocal inputs from the pens of writers like Robert Burns and Karine Polwart, a poem Traditional Back Roads (a collaboration between Adrian Fox and Sigerson Clifford) and old ballads Follow Me Up The Carlow and Blackbirds And Thrushes add some extra sophistication and lustre. This collection acts as a tribute to local music and musicians from South West Ireland. Local music forms are often typified by their uniqueness and difference to the mainstream traditional repertoire, and Sliabh Luachra is no exception. Another Skin Too Few celebrates this music with conviction and honesty.

John O’Regan

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This album was reviewed in Issue 123 of The Living Tradition magazine.