Anam: First Footing

COMPOSERS: Anam
LABELS: JVC
PERFORMER: Aimée Leonard, Brian ÓhEadhra, Anam
CATALOGUE NO: 9011-2

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For Anam the recipe is traditional Irish with upbeat rhythms, syncopations, the odd blue note, and a Greek bouzouki, no less. It offsets the accordion rather well, like lemon juice in a rich dressing, especially when it supports their own songs.

These are projected breathily by Aimée Leonard and more passionately by Brian ÓhEadhra. ‘Mistakes, I’ve made a few,’ goes one of them in apparent innocence of Sinatra’s ‘My Way’, but the song soon reaches a more poetic dimension.

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You have to warm to a group that plays a reel called ‘The Last Pint’, even if it does turn out to be written by a Frenchman.