NUA 'Bold'

This three piece from Canada play a mix of Bodhran, Fiddle & Guitar across 14 instrumental tunes that are mostly self-written. They combine an easy playing style that is both carefree and celebratory. The issue I have with music of this genre is not the technical prowess of the players but the relative similarity that creeps into the succeeding arrangements over the playing time.

The playing is gentle and in the best tradition of Irish music with a modern twist. Fiddle dominates mostly with Bodhran and Guitar providing the rhythmic backing. Without vocal to colour the overall impact and to add some different dynamics, we are left with a series of well-played tunes that tend to leave no real standout impression. A pleasing listen, all the same.