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The Last Bell

by Alan Kelly Gang

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    Stalwarts of contemporary Irish trad, the Alan Kelly Gang are a creative force all about tasteful arrangements, groove, energy and passion. Their new album The Last Bell, which has been over a year in the making, is a pristine collection of original and traditional music. Recorded over two live sessions in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin with an outstanding cast of cohorts: Alan Kelly (piano accordion), Steph Geremia (flute /vocal /sax & whistle), Alasdair White (fiddle), Tony Byrne (guitar), Manus Lunny (bouzouki), Ewan Vernal (bass), Martin O’Neill (bodhran) and Jim Higgins (percussion), the album captures a certain magic that can only happen when such outstanding musicians are locked away, working and playing together in musical solidarity. “I wanted to capture that raw energy and spur of the moment musicality. I also wanted to recreate the vibe and excitement of the sessions when I recorded Mosaic (2000) by playing live with drums, percussion and bass.” Alan Kelly

    On this outing, there is a great sense of maturity and joie de vivre as the three melody players: Alan, Steph and Alasdair weave and playfully bounce off one another, while the engine room of guitar, percussion, and bass underpin a solid bed of groove. Also welcoming Capercaille’s Manus Lunny on board and into the Producer’s chair, he has brought along his distinctive panache to the 12 tracks – 8 instrumentals and 4 songs.
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Millhouse 03:48
Music Makers 03:44
Snow Reels 04:29
Hopvotte 05:02


released August 21, 2014


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Alan Kelly Gang Galway, Ireland

The Alan Kelly Gang sit firmly at the cutting edge of the Traditional and World music scene. Fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, described by New York’s Irish Voice as “in league with the best piano accordionists in the world”, and with three critically acclaimed masters of their craft in tow, the gang have been taking audiences by storm impressing both music lover and critic alike. ... more

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