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GeorgeH Germany: Look Out for Irish F.F. '01 (4) Germany: Look Out for Irish F.F. '01 30 Sep 01

Those of you in and around Germany should certainly look out for the "Irish Folk Festival '01" tour - the line-up is stunning, even though some of the names aren't too well known.

Two and a half of the four "acts" we know from personal experience; the other act and a half we can only judge from the Tour CD - which we bought on Friday and haven't stopped playing since. The line-up is:

Flook: Stunning flutes and whistles underpinned by bodhran and guitar; "the second best band in the world" (after Bottine), IMO. Imagination, sensitivity, drive, originality . . they've got it all . .

DEZI DONNELLY & EAMON Mc ELHOLM: Dezi's fiddle is amazing, and it's well supported by Eamon's guitar - although I have to say Eamon's singing does nothing for me (mid-Atlantic singer-songwriter stuff) and is the only disappointment on the CD.

KEVIN ROWSOME & LORRAINE HICKEY: Kevin is the grandson of master piper Leon, and is the finest and most sensitive Uillean piper I've heard . . Lorraine (his wife) give excellent support on fiddle. We heard them at Sidmouth and were bowled over . . (actually we trailed round after them for the rest of the festival . . )

NA DÓRSA: These are the ones I only know from the Tour CD - a very fine, tight, fairly traditional Irish band - but when their singer starts - they move into a different realm. A delightful voice, and the band's song arrangements are magnificent . .

More details at (sorry, no time to look up how to "blue clicky" it!!

Also - this is my last post to Mudcat, at least for now. Our office and this connection are about to be shut down.

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Regards to all . . and many thanks for many things!


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