Carlow brothers Diarmuid and Brían Mac Gloinn already made their mark on the Irish music scene with their debut EP Rose & Briar in 2015. Their ability to combine Irish and English folk influences is just extraordinary. They started out busking on the streets of Carlow before going on to host a Monday night folk session in Walsh’s pub, Stoneybatter. It was through this that the brothers caught the eye of the filmmaker Myles O’Reilly whose videos of them led to an upsurge in recognition, having drawn the attention of Glen Hansard who invited them on his European tour.
Their debut album had been highly anticipated and the listener is in for a real treat.
Go Where You Will demonstrates all the aforementioned more than perfectly. The fiddle adds another layer to the overall sound and the song itself shows an influence of Appalachian singing.
Song Long Forgotten is the best example of harmonies delivered by the two siblings. The instruments, in this case guitar and cellos, accompany them gently so the vocals dominate and the listener is instantly amazed.
Pomegranate presents us a song that's dark in its content ("sweet and sinful now let them all call you") and the English folk influence is more than evident here.
Great lyricist can paint the picture before the listener's eyes and that's what we have in Way Up On The Mountain ("I found my sister in the golden valley as the evening sun was going down.").
Ye Vagabonds love their craft and it can be noticed in every aspect of the record. These songs are lyrically and melodically rich and the more times you listen to them the more layers you uncover. Powerful songwriting makes this debut album really impressive.