The arrival of singer John Spillane and poet Louis de Paor’s first album should see their coronation as the High Kings of a new Gaelic Order.
The Gaelic Hit Factory is a compelling refutation of the notion that rock n’ roll and the Irish Language don’t mix. The Cork duo’s stunning collaboration dispenses with the Celtic Twilightery, sub-Clannad preening and self-conscious Oirishry that has until now characterized most efforts to add the ‘pure drop’ to the Devil’s music. In doing so, they have produced a bi-lingual album of daring authenticity and heart-breaking beauty, an album that breathes new life into traditional forms with imagination and sensitivity.
John Reynolds’s rich and accomplished production ensures that there isn’t a bodhrán or a dabuka out of place, and from the expolsive opening cri de coeur, Buille mo Chroí /The Beat of My Heart, to the haunting lullaby Lupadáin Lapadáin/The Tale of the Mermaid’s Daughter, you’ll never be in any doubt that you’re in the presence of the real thing.
This is the work of a real poet and a real singer, a pair of Rebels who have the courage to be not merely Gaelic but free as well. By turns rugged and raw and lyrical and evocative, The Gaelic Hit Factory is infused with the spirit of Rory Gallagher and the Gaelic Poets, and with the understanding that they are of one and the same tradition.
With a playful sense of irony Louis de Paor and John Spillane christened themselves The Gaelic Hit Factory. That sense of irony may have been misguided.
Roll over Enya, and tell the Lord of the Dance the news!
|1.||Buille mo Chroí – The Beat of my Heart||03:23|
|2.||Ag an gCóisir – At the Party||03:21|
|3.||Iníon Deichtine – The Wounded Hero||04:21|
|4.||Inghean – Daughter||04:49|
|5.||Báisteach – Rain||01:50|
|6.||Bata is Bóthar – The Stick and The Road||06:00|
|7.||Rugadh orm i gCorcaigh – Rebeltown||01:54|
|8.||Éist do Bhéal – Shut Your Mouth||03:04|
|9.||Suansiúl – Sleepwalk||03:03|
|10.||Sorcha Rua – Red-haired Sorcha||02:32|
|11.||Luíonn mo Ghrá – My Love Lies||03:11|
|12.||Finscéal – Fairytale||02:42|
|13.||Lupadáin Lapadáin – The Tale of the Mermaid’s Daughter||02:40|