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Tine Gheal/Bright Fire
Linn Records (

cd cover Anam takes a light, almost retro approach to Celtic music. Much of their delicate, all acoustic sound harks back to the chamber-folk days of Dalglish and Larsen. The opening track goes back even farther, to sixties hootenanny male/female harmony singing. While there is nothing earth shattering on Tine Gheal, it is a pleasant listen,
"Tine Gheal"
lacking the pompous pretense of a lot of "Celtic" music these days. The vocals, by Brian ” hEadhra and Fiona Mackenzie are sweet and emotive. The music, created with button accordion, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, and subtle touches of bodhrŠn, is smooth and clean. Were Anam faulted for anything, it would be for lack of drama. The traditional ballad "North Americay" is a safe choice, a story lacking plot and with a happy ending. The ” hEadhra-penned song "Will You Break My Heart" is cloying, but Mackenzie, her voice popping over percolating percussion, delivers a nice turn with the Scots Gaelic song "Mhurchaidh Bhig a Chinn a' Chonais (Little Murdoch, Best at Baiting)." Anam is a talented group of musicians; however, it would be nice to hear them expand their range. - Peggy Latkovich

Song: "Tine Gheal"
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