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Pete Browne Sidewinder CD of Irish accordion music

Peter’s 2019 solo accordion album Sidewinder is out now. Buy here for €18 with free shipping to anywhere in the known universe.

Review by Alex Monaghan

Dublin button box boss Peter Browne brought out an excellent album called The Twelve Pins a few years ago with Robbie Harris and Lucas González. This is his follow-up, and it doesn’t disappoint. All traditional Irish in the broadest sense, with ten recently-composed tunes scattered among a score of older pieces, Sidewinder showcases Browne’s prodigious technique and creativity without straying too far from the core of contemporary approaches to Irish music. There are hints of North American and even South American influences, but basically this is a CD of strong traditional music superbly played. 

Brady’s Jig has a piping snap to it, Ahern’s Egg is smooth as silk, The Bee’s Wing buzzes with crisp ornamentation, and the final Hill 60 has all the virtuosity of a Finbarr Dwyer tribute. Fiddlers Michelle O’Brien and Oisín McAuley join Peter for a couple of tracks, and David McNevin’s banjo batters through a great set of jigs starting with John Carty’s Seanamhac Tube Station. Familiar reels such as Master Crowley’s and The Miser’s Purse are deftly handled at session speed, while Sweeney’s and The Coast of Austria edge confidently beyond most players’ comfortable pace. There’s fine guitar accompaniment, and a touch of bodhrán from John Joe Kelly. Sidewinder has made a lasting impression on me, and even after repeated listening there’s always something fresh to enjoy on this exceptional album. 
© Alex Monaghan

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