ALDOC at Barry’s, Friday 30th Jan

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When Colin Gillen tells you to go to a gig, you go to the gig.

It’s as simple as that.

Barry’s in Grange has a reputation for hosting some of the most interesting international music talent around, and Aldoc’s gig tonight provided a prime example of not only the interesting and talented elements but also remarkably international too.

With German, Danish, Kiwi, Irish and a whole mixed bag of other allsorts on stage, playing a variety of instruments, and using several layers of chanting and vocal gymnastics along the way too, this was one gig which felt like ten, all taking place simultaneously and in perfect harmony in one little room.

Alan Doherty, formerly of Gráda fame, set out to record an album of self-described ‘mad flute’ music. The exotic mix of musicians he and producer of the album “From Tallaght to Halle” (released last May) Gerry Paul, picked up along the way must have pleased them greatly, because they’re still touring and having what appears to be an absolute ball while they’re at it.

Their tunes and grooves, songs and soundscapes, spontaneous detours and dramatic breakdowns all follow the same core intent – to explore and demonstrate music’s universality. If that all sounds a bit too arty-farty to you, I’ll put it another way:

These guys are great. They play music like nothing and everything you’ve ever heard before, and they put it to you in track after track of effortless, unpretentious, joyous sound, which they are sharing not only with you the audience, but obviously with each other too. Music is for everyone and in everyone. Genre, they bite their thumbs at you. Description, they defy you.

Floating, bouncing, rocking and twirling between old school Saint Germaine and feisty Fat Freddy’s Drop, dynamic Irish trad and inspired Eastern chanting, this is proper world music, performed with charm and chutzpah.

They went down a storm tonight, with the dancefloor heaving and the crowd singing along to songs that didn’t even have any lyrics. If you were there, you felt the magic.

If you weren’t, trust me when I say:

If Colin Gillen tells you to go to a gig, you go to the gig.

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