Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
The jig is up at the Dubliner. The reel is even more up. And there are hornpipes and slides and airs to boot. These are all a part of authentic Irish music, and the Dubliner is featuring one of the finest groups of Irish musicians through Sunday.
DeDanaan consists of five members - Frankie Gavin, Charlie Piggott, Johnny Moynihan, Alec Finn and Johnny McDonaugh - and their wide range of instrumentation includes fiddle, bouzouki, tin whislte, mandolin, button accordion.
The music DeDanaan plays is similar to that of the Chieftains, but it relates more to the pub than to the concert hall. It has brushed against the fire of pure rhythmic compulsion, yet is tempered by a gentle insistence most evident in the airs and ballads, particularly when Moynihan's vividly expressive voice runs circles around each phrase.
Jigs and reels dominated opening night. Both are essentially dance rhythms, the former stately, the latter faster and unrestrained. The music constantly suggests motion, and only those with lead feet or tin ears could fail to be moved in its presence.
Above all it is a complex, scintillating music that can fill a room and lift the spirit of anyone who takes the time to listen, and of course the Dubliner being an Irish pub, of anyone who takes the time to lift some spirits.