Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady  – Molloy/Peoples/Brady

Matt Molloy, Tommy Peoples and Paul Brady – Molloy/Peoples/Brady

Thursday, 1 June 1978, 12.00pm

Album by flute-player Matt Molloy, fiddle-player Tommy Peoples and guitarist and singer Paul Brady, released in 1978 on Mulligan records.

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Why I gave the above rating: 

The tracks on this album come at you at pace, and then leave before you have entirely processed everything that is happening: the intricacy of Tommy Peoples’ fiddle-playing, Matt Molloy’s flute swimming in and out of the fiddle line, Paul Brady waiting patiently and then leaping in with these timed, hard, percussive strums.

We can only wonder at the genesis of the album. It sounds like they walked straight from a few weeks of magnificent sessions into the recording studio. All three were in their late twenties, in Dublin, mid-Bothy Band for Molloy, post-Bothy Band for Peoples. Kevin Burke told me in a recent podcast (a part didn’t make it into the published version) that the new recording technology opened up so many possibilities for this generation in the mid-70s, and Dónal Lunny had just started the Mulligan label on which this album is released.

The tracks whizz by, with most around two minutes. There are moments in ‘The Foxunter’s’ and ‘Toss the Feathers’ where the music becomes incredibly intense, Brady’s chords just becoming slightly more adventurous and Peoples and Molloy responding. The fiddle-flute duetting is tight, apart from one glorious moment in ‘The Graf Spree’ when they diverge for just a couple of seconds. The highlight on the album is, of course, Molloy’s solo, ‘The Crosses of Annagh’ into ‘McFadden’s Handsome Daughter’, the move from minor to major giving the selection a celestial lift.

In its short, sharp brilliance, Molloy Peoples Brady always leave me wondering.

Who readers should listen to next: 

Tommy Peoples – The Iron Man, Matt Molloy – Heathery Breeze, Paul Brady – Welcome Here Kind Stranger
Jun 26, 2020

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