REALTA – Open The Door For Three (ADC 001)

Realta folk album review


Now here’s a trio not in any rush to show how fast or flashy they can play. No, by taking things at a leisurely pace they just let the goodness of the tunes seep into your skin in such a way that you’ll think the band might have connections with the Swan/Cullen characters from the Twilight series.

Another analogy might be that they were chiselled out of the bones of Martin Hayes and for those of you that know that remarkable musician will testify to the thrill of the chase and not necessarily the capture.

Featuring the talents of Aaron O’Hagan (Uilleann pipes/whistles/bodhran), Conor Lamb (Uilleann pipes & whistles) and the equally dextrous Deirdre Galway (guitar, bouzouki & vocals) I feel sure that we have the 2012 equivalent of the Bothy Band.

When they are used, the combination of twin pipes and whistles (in unison or harmony) prove quite stunning buoyed by O’Hagan’s pulsating rhythm and occasional contributions from guests Brendan Mulholland’s flute and Micky McCluskey’s bouzouki.

This album is to be applauded for its beauty, integrity and like the scent of an expensive Chanel perfume will (hopefully) last until your next fix. Well, what are you waiting for…Christmas is just around the corner. WEBSITE