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The Eastern Light

The Dardanelles The Eastern Light Dec 13-2013

The Dardanelles are a young  five piece band from St. John's Newfoundland that have made it their job to dig into old songbooks and dive into old stories once told. In return they have crafted a sound one would expect from a traditional band with the usual line up of fiddle, mandolin, bodhran (which is the round drum made of stretched goat skin),  banjo and acoustic guitar but the bands enthusiasm to make these old sounds and tunes new again make this album very relevant.

Between sets of traditional Newfoundland tunes and lead singer Matthew Byrne singing the old songs from the Island the listener finds songs that strike the heart chords, telling of love and life on Newfoundland.  "The Eastern Light" is full of very clever traditional tunes that have been well researched, changing the old into new making these hundred year old tunes refreshing and proving that these rearrangements will  be around for a very long time.  Bob Hallett and Alan Doyle from Great Big Sea even make a special appearance on this album.

This very well received album is expertly played and delivered and has cemented The Dardanelles as being some of the finest traditional players in the Celtic world. Their heavy attention to detail in their arrangements have certainly set them apart from other bands.

In my eyes, "The Easter Light" is a true hidden gem among albums that have been released in the Maritimes and if you are a Celtic music fan, you should look no further then the Dardanelles.

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