1 en fRoots

Any album featuring André Marchand is bound to set the pulses rising, though in this case, he is only heard in an accompanying role on foot tapping (described as “podorhythmie” here) and guitar though he sounds very happy to be backing a truly outstanding musician. Lawrence is a fellow Québécois though he has spent a fair amount of time in Europe. He had released his first album of traditional Irish music: The Swallow’s Tale by the time he moved to Ireland and became very involved in the traditional music scene around Galway. Four years later he moved to Brittany to study another aspect of his musical interest, the baroque oboe.

On this album he shows that he is equally adept with both Québécois and Irish traditional music before playing a tune from The Magic Flute as a final offering. He switches between whistle and oboe on the album and probably sounds at his best on complicated and highly decorated Irish airs, particularly with the oboe on An Raibh Tú Ag An gCarraig. Generally he plays with a ‘cleaner’ sound than many Irish flautists without the breathing being part of the overall sound on what is a carefully researched and beautifully executed album.

-Vic Smith, fRoots