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November 1997

Keith Copeland Trio
The Irish Connection
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This is not a soundtrack to a movie about a bunch of yobs waiting in a Dublin squat for their man to show up with a pint of plain, as the title might lead one to believe. Drummer Copeland, guitarist Tommy Halferty and bassist Ronan Guilfoyle are all authentic Gaels but their music is jazz with jazz rock overtones. Copeland and Guilfoyle do an admirable job of filling up the sound with cluttering things and Halferty is an interesting player that fans of guitarists like Scofield or Catherine should be aware of. The pieces are well chosen but 70 minutes of one primary soloist is a lot.

Originally published in November 1997
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