2 en Le Devoir

Lawrence O’Hearn, Ontarian by birth, Quebecois by adoption, former resident of Galway, composer, tin whistler, baroque oboist and passionate enthusiast of Irish, Scottish, Quebecois, Acadian… and classical music, has offered a quite simply gorgeous album stripped to the bare essentials. Accompanied by the respectful and effective guitar and foot percussion of the one and only André Marchand, O’Hearn presents a delightful selection of reels, jigs, lilts all performed with a delicately intimate breath which leaves room for the melodies to shine through. He also performs slow airs, inspired from the Irish sean-nós tradition, coloured by silence, breaths and melancholy. In addition to Ireland, we also embark on a beautiful tour of Quebec that passes through the repertoire of the Billettes, Favreau, Carignan, Soucy and others. We even stop by Mozart, who does not seem out of place here.

-Yves Bernard, Le Devoir