Nuala Kennedy - Tune In (4 stars)

Nuala Kennedy - Tune In

(Compass Records)

From her early days at Edinburgh College of Art, and nights in Sandy Bells pub playing flute with the capital’s crosssover music scene, young Kennedy’s exploratory curiosity has always led her away from her musical roots in the traditional music culture of her Irish homeland and childhood.

After touring and recording (with singer/guitarist Kris Drever) in the trio Fine Friday, she found her own voice on her well-received solo album, The New Shoes. Her latest release, the product of her ongoing international musical adventures, sees her assemble 20 friends, all leading instrumental and vocal artists. This adventurous and absorbing album covers an exceptionally wide spectrum – from the vocals of Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake and Will ‘Bonnie Prince Billie’ Oldham, to top British jazz piano chordings of Brian Kellock, and the stylish string sounds in Mr McFall’s Chamber.


1. Co-Host of "The Celtic Universe" on KWMR27 May 2010, 12:42am Report

I really enjoyed Nuala's first album "New Shoes" (also a big fan of Cathal McConnell), and thought 'I hope she sings more on the next one." Got my wish! "Tune In" is one of the most marvelous 'celtic' albums I've heard recently, (another Top 20 lifetime faves is Lau's "Lightweights and Gentlemen") and we offered it as a 'premium' in our Spring Pledge Drive show. "Tune In" is great to listen to all the way through like a symphony, and each piece is great on its own. The range of material and mood, players and vocals — all fab! Nuala and Bonnie Prince Billy are to die for singing "The Waves of the Silvery Tide."

If you haven't heard "Tune In," rush out and buy it!

(Ms.) Lyons Filmer, co-host "The Celtic Universe, KWMR Point Reyes Station, California.

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