Ceol & Cuimhne (Music & Memory)
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||Miss Cassidy’s/All Around The Room/The Ballintra Lass (Reels)||Téada||2:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Bog of Allen/Eanach Dhúin/Bill the Weaver’s (Jigs)||Téada||3:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Poitín March/Devlin’s/Basket of Oysters/Crotty’s Glory (March/Polka/Fling/Reel)||Téada||5:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Russians are Coming/The Miller’s Daughter/The Boston-Sligo Reel (Reels)||Téada||3:33||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Murty Rabbett’s/Gan Ainm from Grier Manuscript/The Crossroads Dance (Polka/Slip Jig/Jig)||Téada||3:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gan Ainm/The Stormy Night/Paddy Cronin’s (Jigs)||Téada||4:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Sligo Air/ Sally Gally (Air/Jig)||Téada||4:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ríl Liatroma/The Green Cockade/The Mourne Mountains (Reels)||Téada||4:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Granuaile Barndance/The Circus Polka (Barndance/Polka)||Téada||4:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Clothiers (Air)||Téada||3:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Paddy Fahy’s/Séamus Mór McKenna’s (Reels)||Téada||2:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Téada formed nearly ten years before the release of Ceol & Cuimhne, and during that time have grown to become one of the most popular traditional Irish ensembles in the world. This fifth Téada album demonstrates why (again): tremendous energy coupled with a lightness of touch, and virtuosity tempered by modesty and taste. This album is completely lacking in the startling touches (sitars, very slow reel arrangements) that spiced up Inné Amárach, and also lacks any vocals; instead, the focus is wholly on tunes, and there's quite a variety of them on offer. The album opens with a lightly dancing and rhythmically sprung reel set, then transitions into an equally lovely set of jigs before suddenly giving way to surprisingly delicate renditions of "Poitín March" and "Devlin's Polka" (though this set is marred a bit by an awkward transition into "Basket of Oysters"). Guest harper Gráinne Hambly delivers a heartbreakingly lovely account of "A Sligo Air," and fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada plays the melancholy air "Clothiers" with similar feeling. The album's center of gravity, though, may be the group's arrangement of "Murty Rabbett's," a polka that falls right in the middle of the program and positively shimmers with both melodic beauty and good cheer. It all adds up to an album brimming with musical joy.
Years Active: '00s