The Haar – The Haar

Album Review | Nimbus Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Named for the eerie sea fret that clouds the northern coastlines of the British Isles, The Haar is a new folk quartet made up of Irish singer Molly Donnery, celebrated bodhran player and percussionist Cormac Byrne, fiddler Adam Summerhayes and accordionist Murray Grainger.  Having first met at the Craiceann Bodhran Festival on the island of Inisheer, Molly, Cormac and Adam soon discovered a musical empathy, which has resulted in a fine album of traditional material, each song treated to smooth and engaging arrangements. 

With such familiar songs as “The Creggan White Hare”, “Two Sisters” and “My Lagan Love”, the four musicians create a moody atmosphere, a showcase of combined musicianship, topped off by Molly’s haunting voice. “Willie Taylor” is no ordinary reading of the song.  Loaded with drama and tension, this is storytelling at its best. 

Choice Track: The Creggan White Hare (NSV 504)