« I have been listening to the music of Sylvain Barou and Ronan Pellen for many years and have marvelled at their understanding and emotional attachment to Irish instrumental folk music. They have both shown a wonderful musical curiosity and have undertaken a most interesting musical journey based on total exploration and immersion in the Irish tradition.
Of more importance is their own musical creativity, based on the life long experience of playing music in a broader sense. This to be heard in abundance on this album as the range of musical choice and execution unveils the beauty and complexity of their music. I salute you both- gurab fhada buan sibh. »
« Music is the words of the soul and that is a truth that cannot be denied. It lifts us from the ordinary mundane world to the extraordinary world of hope, creativity and possibilities. And so with this album Sylvain Barou and Ronan Pellen have played their hearts out and have given us a classic, uncompromised, timeless album of Irish traditional music mostly but with a nod to their own strong Breton tradition and some jazz for good measure! They play jigs, reels and slow-airs with such understanding and authority that the album could sit along any other classic Irish traditional recording of flute music. The production is simple but right, letting the music take first place and where the listener can hear the calibre of musicianship without any studio tricks.
I have been listening to Sylvain's music now for a few years and he never ceases to amaze me with his musicianship and understanding of the tradition. He is a musician of no boundaries and can play any genre of music with ease. Here on this recording you will find colour, energy, darkness, light, depth and dexterity.
All that is good, honest and attractive in music.
Listen to the power of Sylvain's flute playing on the Tredudon Reel/ The Nine Points of Roguery or the sensitivity of Ronan’s bouzouki playing on the air, The Wounded Hussar.
The choice of material is varied and interesting. I particularly enjoyed their approach to the late Larry McDonagh’s, The Cat that Ate the Candle reel, slowing the pace of the reel to show the musicality of the music that lies within.
Most of the music here is from the tradition some being old but some newly composed pieces that sit seamlessly side by side on every track.
This is a very fine album which grows on you with every listen, so go and enjoy. »
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