Review: Rónán Ó Snodaigh - Sos (Kila Records)
No rest for the wicked
Rónán Ó Snodaigh - Sos (Kila Records)
Kíla first came together as classmates at the Coláiste Eoin Gaelscoil in Dublin in 1987 and played a huge role in taking trad out of its straitjacket.
Founding member and frontman Rónán Ó Snodaigh has been particularly instrumental in changing perceptions. Sos – Irish for "break" or "rest" (as if you needed to be told) – is a quirky album that focuses on Ó Snodaigh's singular vocal delivery.
Singing in his native tongue, his staccato delivery veers from thrilling to maddening – but it's never boring.
As ever with this performer, it's the music that you come back to time and again and here he fuses a myriad of styles in a captivating, occasionally intoxicating fashion.
There are several nods towards African music. He has assembled a fine cast of musicians – loosely called The Occasional – and their members include Crowded House bassist and Hothouse Flowers' Liam Ó Maonlaí on keys.
Key Tracks: Aire; Seod