- 12 Jun 18
Wonderfully eclectic effort from all-star Irish line-up.
Liffey Light Orchestra is the brainchild of Irish composer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Egan, who has gathered about him some heavyweight Irish musos, including Philip Begley (bass and synth), Fran Breen (drums) and Anto Drennan (guitar), as well as Tommy Keyes, Wendy Stephens and Ken Tubbert as part of the choir.
What you get are 20 predominantly instrumental tracks, composed and recorded by Egan over several decades in Dublin and Paris. But if you’re expecting an album of Gallic games then try next door, for the French connection comes more by way of window dressing via-the song titles.
Despite the dislocating timespan, it works as a remarkably cohesive whole, and Egan’s reputation as a man who could make his way blindfold through the most intricate arrangement remains intact. Although the ghost of Mike Oldfield is rarely far away, the new album is more crisp and immediate than previous efforts. Nor is there anything as long as the 20-minute ‘The Three Sisters’ on Egan’s 1979 album Island Of Dreams.