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Saturday 21 October 2017

Review: Rónán Ó Snodaigh - Sos (Kila Records)

No rest for the wicked

Captivating: Rónán ó Snodaigh
Captivating: Rónán ó Snodaigh
Rónán ó Snodaigh

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

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