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  Album Launch - 24•02•17

Dan and Angelina will launch their new album "A Waltz For Joy" at The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney at 7pm on the 24th February 2017.

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A great recording and magnificent music in a pure traditional vein, this will be widely greeted and marked as one of the best debut albums of years. The style is forever richly fulfilling, the rhythm so excitingly lively throughout the playing of the carefully though-out selections on this album. In fact the whole recording seems to have worked out entirely to plan with excellent accompaniment and well measured number of guests adding to the variety and to the wonderful box playing of Dan Brouder, who hails from Monagee, Newcastle west, Co. Limerick. While loyal to the traditional background of his native west limerik Dan not only plays the box with some effortless creativity but puts his authentic Bruadar lineage beyond a shadow of a doubt with his own compositional flair. Sea go deimhin! Flor – oidhre ar a fhear gaoil, an file cliuiteach agus maistir oilte deire an dain dhirigh, Daithi O Bruadair.

Comhghairdeachas o chroi leat a Dan agus maire tu aois do dhuine muinteartha le neart eile de short an albaim alainn seo a chur ar fail duinn go leir.

- Meaití Jo Shéamais

Dan Brouder is an accordionist from Newcastle West who plays a West Limerick accordion style and the music of the neighbouring music of Sliabh Luachra. Being heavily influenced by this, Dan also helds an interest in Irish Amercian music of the 1920/30s and the London sessions of the 1960/70s. "The Lark's Air" is a lovely accordion album in the purest traditional vein. Dan plays an airy but expressive button box. The album is kicking off with two jigs composed by Dan showcasing his compositional abilities, followed by more familiar traditional reels, jigs and hornpipes. While Brian McGrath (piano), Seamus O'Kane (bodhrán) and Gearoid Dineen (guitar) do the back-up, Dan is joined by flutist Francis O'Connor and fiddler Áine Ní Chonnaile on the three-part "Patie's O'Leary's Jig," and by fellow box player Derek Hickey on the popular slow air "An cailín deas ag cruite na mBó". Flutist Eamon O'Riordan and banjo player Brian Mooney lend support on a couple of reels, flutist Donal O'Sullivan on a polka set, and eventually banjo player Angelina Carberry on the fling "Maggie Pickin's," a tune probably better known as its Scottish counterpart, the strathspey "Whistle O'er the Lave O't".

- © Walkin' T:-)M | FolkWorld

The Lark's Air is described by Dan Brouder as "an album born out of years of listening and learning from past and present masters of traditional music". For a musician that comes from Monagea, in west Limerick, just outside the boundary of Sliabh Luachra, inspiration was not far away. The Sliabh Luachra tradition fed into his music and is evident on this his debut album as well. The Larks Air bristles with style and flair and is a fitting tribute to the past masters that Dan so willingly acknowledges. It is traditional accordion playing from the top drawer with selections and arrangements that concentrate on presenting music of the finest quality. Even Sliabh Luchra standards such as The Kettle Boiled Over / Patie Learys jump to life.

Dan has a solid and inspiring style reminiscent of the great Joe Burke. Reels such as Eddie Kellys / The Sailor's Cravat / Miss Johnson are played with an authority and understated execution that belies the mastery of the musician pushing the buttons. He is in cruise control throughout lifting the pace as required, adding little flourishes here, triplets there and the tap tap of the key pads adding to the magical music that is unfolding all the time. Munster music it most definitely is, with 4 sets of reels among the 14 tracks, the rest made up of jigs, slides, polkas and a fling, flung in for good measure. It takes a Munster musician to remind us of how good this music can sound and to ground us in the finer details of music appreciation. Dan is joined throughout by some great accompanists in the shape of Donal O' Sullivan on flute, Angelina Carberry on banjo, Francis O' Connor on flute and Aíne ni Chonnaill on fiddle.

And there is no better way to close out a Munster musicians album than with some polkas and that is what we get with The Knocknaboul Polkas / The Girl I left behind / Finbar Dwyers Polka. To answer the statement made by Dan in his album notes where he states " I hope this recording does justice to the past and present masters that have handed down this magnificent tradition" Well the answer Dan is a resounding and unequivocal yes. This is music and a recording that delivers in spades and brings to the top of the pile a new master of traditional Irish accordion. For that we thank you.

- Tony Lawless | TradConnect


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