Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny
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||Boys of the Lough / Tarbolton||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||2:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Maud Millar / Poll an Madra Uisce||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||1:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Lament for Stalker Wallace / The Green Gowned Lass||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||2:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Gold Ring||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||3:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Patsy Touhey's / The Maid Behind the Bar||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||2:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Willie Coleman's / Pull the Knife and Stick It Again||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||2:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Josie McDermott's / Martin Ansboro's||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||2:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||McDonagh's / Toss the Feathers||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||2:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The New Policeman / The Dunmore Lasses||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||2:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Humours of Ballyloughlin||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||2:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Templehouse||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||1:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Travers||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||1:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Groves||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||4:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Humours of Drinagh / The Mist On the Mountain||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||2:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Bucks of Oranmore||Matt Molloy & Donal Lunny||1:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Matt Molloy's first solo album came after he'd had more than ten years' experience as a founding member of both Planxty and the Bothy Band. He subsequently took flutist Mick Turbridy's place in the Chieftains, where he has remained ever since while continuing to produce solo albums on a regular basis. This is one of his finest and most focused recordings; the minimal accompaniment from guitarist Donal Lunny keeps the spotlight on Molloy's finely crafted, virtuosic playing style. Apart from his remarkable dexterity and speed, two things set him apart from other Irish players: the very advanced degree to which he has integrated piping technique into his flute style, and his astounding breath control. The latter is particularly noticeable on "The Humours of Ballyloughlin," on which he produces more ornaments with his lungs than many flute players can execute with their fingers. A sharp, reedy tone in the low registers is another hallmark of Molloy's playing; the tonal definition he achieves on the gorgeous "Lament for Staker Wallace" and the midtempo reel "The Templehouse" is a wonder to hear. But no matter how important his playing is from a technical standpoint, you never get the feeling Molloy is showing off. There's such an unaffected, joyous quality to his virtuosity that it's impossible not to be swept along with his playing.
Great stuff, but it's not a guitar...
Matt Molloy is a phenomenal talent on the flute. It's great to hear him outside the boundaries of The Chieftains. Great collection. And, for the record, Donal Lunny is playing a bouzouki, NOT a guitar. Very different sound.
This album is one of the great classics of Irish flute music from one of the greats of Irish flute.
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s