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SEAN KEANE "All Heart, No Roses" CBM CBMCD 007

Sean Keane is another member of the Caherlistrane Family that gave us Dolores. His singing is lyrical and rooted in the East Galway style, Strong and distinctive there are similarities but he has made a statement to be recognised for itself. Featuring both songs from the traditional and contemporary fields he stamps his own personality on each track. Even the very familiar "There Were Roses" by Tommy Sands undoubtedly the most poignant song composed on the troubles in Northern Ireland gets a fresh treatment. His cover of Bob Dylan's "Abandoned Love" is another highlight as are his homages to Robbie O'Connell's skills. However, it is the traditional material that stands out whether its a rivulous ditty like "Tagliony" or a heart rending ballad like "O'Reilly". His unique voice and feel for the tradition shines through.

With some crack playing from some of the finest Irish players including Jackie Daly, Nollaig Casey and Artie McGlynn involved its quality all the way. "All Heart No Roses" is one outstanding debut album from a talent full of his sister's greatness and command of his craft.

John O'Rega

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This album was reviewed in Issue 3 of The Living Tradition magazine.