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Realta, Open The Door For Three (Realtamusic)

Young Belfast trio Réalta don't so much open the door as kick it down and demand to be heard on this outstanding debut.

With a sound based on the magnificent twin uilleann piping talents of Conor Lamb and Aaron O'Hagan, propelled by Deirdre Galway's inquiring rhythmic-harmonic accompaniments on guitar and bouzouki, Réalta carry on the Bothy Band tradition of taking tunes by the scruff of the neck and firing excitement through them like hot flames.

The Girl Of The House jigs set is particularly exhilarating but what also gives their music a distinctive edge is the way the two pipers dovetail and harmonise on slower-paced items.

With its very personal glissandi, dips and bent notes, the air Sliabh Geal gCua is a tour de force of raw Irish blues, and La Volta provides a stirring renaissance dance partner to a romping, ecstatic Drops Of Brandy.

Galway also contributes three songs, showing much promise in Irish Gaelic and on the charmingly youthful Gathering Mushrooms.

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