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Hooper, Nick: 6 Strings

Nick Hooper is UK guitarist who is perhaps best known as a composer on two Harry Potter movies, The Order Of The Phoenix and The Half Blood Prince. He was nominated for a Grammy on the latter. He has also worked on television scores like Land Of The Tiger and Prime Suspect.

On his new solo album the acoustic guitarist has delved into traditional Irish folk and classical music featuring only him and his guitar.

Hooper has a delicate sense of phrasing and his rearrangements of these classic tunes, many centuries old is both illuminating and refreshing. His reworkings of a number of Turlough O’Carolan tunes are particularly noteworthy. This is a soft and mellow album so don’t expect to be blown away by guitar pyrotechnics. The melodies venture from sad and lamenting to jovial and upbeat so there is a rich treasure trove of riches to be savoured. Describing individual tracks on an album such as this (only one instrument used) seems a tad pointless but I will say Hooper’s playing is wonderful throughout the album. He is clearly an accomplished player and any fan of acoustic guitar music should consider 6 Stringsa must purchase.

An Angel Air Records release.

Track Listing:
1. The Blackbird
2. The Lament Of Owen Roe O’Neill
3. O’Neill’s March/Tap The Barrel
4. Give Me Your Hand/Carolans Receipt For Drinking
5. Two Jigs: The Humours Of Tralibane/Banish Misfortune
6. The Silver Lining
7. Derry Hornpipe
8. SiBheag, SiMhor
9. March Of The King Of Laois
10. Cherish The Ladies
11. Fanny Power
12. Carolan’s Concerto
13. Two Reels: My Love Is In America/Star Of Munster
14. The South Wind

Added: September 8th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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