Niall Vallely – concertina
Caoimhin Vallely -piano
Ed Boyd – guitar
Brian Morrissey – bodhrán/percussion
Kenneth Edge – soprano saxophone
Recorded live at Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúir Ó Loingsigh, Baile Mhúirne,
Co. Chorcaí – Eanáir 2015
Engineered by Dan Fitzgerald
Assisted by Chris Moore
Mixed and Mastered by Dan Fitzgerald @ SoundSound Studios, Cork
Design by Brian Hanlon @ Og Media Group
Photography by Eddie Hennessy
Buille:A beautiful musical treat for a lazy afternoon by robust Irish musical group.
Live recordings are challenging. Unlike studio sessions where you can just edit things you want to change, playing like is one directional. The ambience also adds to the ‘flavour’ of the sound as you hear clapping from the audience, perhaps the sound of birds, the breeze and the little noise that make the recording ‘human.’
Buille Beo presents a robust body of different sounds recorded live-which I learned- in the beautiful surroundings of the Ionad Cultúrtha in Baile Bhúirne, West Cork. There are twelve beautiful tracks. I love classical and jazz music and Buille Beo covers those territories, though it is primarily a traditional album.
It’s a lazy afternoon today so I explored their latest release which is already reviewed by TradConnect. So how does a casual listener respond to their music if I cite myself as an example? It is an album for those who like chilled but mainly acoustic music. I found myself staring at the ceiling and savouring the piano melodies that fall like gentle rain. I feel this in Belharbour. It is true that if you love classical music, jazz and blues then you will easily appreciate traditional Irish music.
I also love In A Silent Way because of its intimate nature. It is a slow tune that is good for meditation and staring out the window-especially if the scenery is the magnificent West Cork! Whatso grabs me because of the chords and the feeling of suspense associated with jazz music. It starts slow then builds up into a frenzy release of sounds like fireworks.
Buille Beo is a beautiful and strangely delicate album that has a universal appeal. Its beauty lies in the arrangements and the technique of these wonderful musicians. As you listen repeatedly, the album creates that mesmerizing hypnotic feeling. It transports you into an urban countryside as the album evokes the feeling of both places.