MICHAEL McGOLDRICK – Aurora (Vertical Records VERTCD090)

There’s always a sense of anticipation when you hear news that one of your favourite musicians has just released a new album and of course, I just had to obtain a copy of this latest offering from Michael McGoldrick. Also, it is highly unlikely that you will be disappointed as proves the case from the opening track “Freefalling Reels”. Building nicely from the groovy rhythm and keyboard stabs (not dissimilar to early Moving Hearts) to the pipes/flute led melody onto Manus Lunny’s bouzouki and Neil Yates trumpet this really is attention-grabbing stuff! Talking of Moving Hearts, founder member Donal Lunny makes a rare guest appearance contributing his trademark bouzouki/guitar/bodhran to the equation on “Late Nights At The Central” and of course, the phenomenal guest list doesn’t stop there including Brendan Power, Dezi Donnolly, Ed Boyd and John McCusker to name but a few. Now, if that doesn’t make the eyes water of any self-respecting Celtic music enthusiast then I don’t know what will. Then there’s the surprise track…Dirk Powell’s “Waterbound” where Mike is joined for a vocal duet along with Heidi Talbot on a country ballad that is well suited to his laid back style of singing. So, a recording full of riches guided by the assured hand of producer/keyboard player Donald Shaw and one that will undoubtedly become established as a firm favourite in any ‘folk’ music lovers collection.

PETE FYFE

Artist Website: www.verticalrecords.co.uk


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