Fringe Dwellers

by The Barleyshakes

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    The Barleyshakes sizzling new, and 7th album to date. a fantastic blend of Original, traditional and modern folk songs and instrumentals. 12 tracks in total.
    Rhythm Magazine review by Tony Hillier Sep-Oct 2015.
    Fringe Dwellers verifies why The Barleyshakes, a band founded in Dublin, have been a fixture on the domestic folk festival circuit since migrating to Australia 15 years ago. The Noosa Heads-based sextet’s seventh album is indicative of their concerts, offering a well-played and well-balanced mixture of Irish-flavoured instrumentals and songs, covers and originals. Bandleader Alan Kelly is a gifted songwriter in the folk tradition whose rollicking ‘The Smell Of The Whiskey’ would have been a more exciting choice for opener than a cover of Scottish singer Karine Polwart’s earnest ‘Rivers Run’.
    Another fine Kelly composition, ‘The Sailor And The Maid’, outstrips Jez Lowe’s ‘Another Man’s Wife’, which follows. Roger Ilott’s stirring fracking/mining broadside ‘Whitehaven Coal’ is the pick of the covers. A couple of traditional reel and polka medleys and a set of contemporary jigs illustrate The Barleyshakes’ flair for instrumental arrangement and execution.
    Tony Hillier

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The Barleyshakes 7th album release, and definitely their best yet. A fabulous blend of original, traditional, and modern folk songs and instrumentals.
Rhythm Magazine review by Tony Hillier Sep-Oct 2015.

Fringe Dwellers verifies why The Barleyshakes, a band founded in Dublin, have been a fixture on the domestic folk festival circuit since migrating to Australia 15 years ago. The Noosa Heads-based sextet’s seventh album is indicative of their concerts, offering a well-played and well-balanced mixture of Irish-flavoured instrumentals and songs, covers and originals. Bandleader Alan Kelly is a gifted songwriter in the folk tradition whose rollicking ‘The Smell Of The Whiskey’ would have been a more exciting choice for opener than a cover of Scottish singer Karine Polwart’s earnest ‘Rivers Run’.
Another fine Kelly composition, ‘The Sailor And The Maid’, outstrips Jez Lowe’s ‘Another Man’s Wife’, which follows. Roger Ilott’s stirring fracking/mining broadside ‘Whitehaven Coal’ is the pick of the covers. A couple of traditional reel and polka medleys and a set of contemporary jigs illustrate The Barleyshakes’ flair for instrumental arrangement and execution.
Tony Hillier

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released April 24, 2015

Recorded by Pix Van Mason at Pix records and Alan Kelly at Bloodwood studios Queensland, Australia.
Mixed and produced by Pix, Alan Kelly and Steve Cook.
Mastered at AUM mastering, Qld, Australia
Cover art www.rodcoyne.com
Rivers flow composed by Karen Polwert
Another Man's Wife composed by Jez Lowe
Tread Softy composed by Oscar Wilde and Michael Malloy
Whitehaven Coal composed by Roger Illot

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The Barleyshakes Noosa Heads, Australia

The Barleyshakes are a highly evolved Celtic organism in being for 20 years since they formed in Dublin sometime in 1994. They’ve won the Queensland Music Award for World music and performed in over 20 countries to date.

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