Born in Dundalk, Co. Louth, the Irish flute and whistle virtuoso, composer, singer, and educator Nuala Kennedy has mined inspiration from throughout the Celtic world. She began by playing in aceilidh(dance) orchestra before moving to Scotland for a time, … see full wiki
Nuala Kennedy is a rare treat. And her first solo recording, "The New Shoes," is a marvel. It doesn't take long to listen and realize that Nuala doesn't have the potential to be one of the great masters of Irish flute playing -- she already is. Her music is graceful, sweetly nuanced and intricately arranged. It sounds organic and at ease, not at all glossy or overproduced.
Nuala doesn't strive, as so many young musicians do, to impress listeners with splash, volume and an overblown sense of her own cleverness; the music here is straighforward and relaxed and ineffably lovely. That she's also blessed with a beautiful, delicate voice is almost unfair. Nuala sings on several tracks, in both English and Gaelic, and it's a delight every time. The music lights on your shoulder and sings in your ear and, damn it, I was actually a little sad when duty called to put another CD in the stereo and give this one a rest.
People sometimes ask how I can listen to so much Irish music without ever growing tired of it. "The New Shoes" is a perfect reply.