Because the music on this CD is 'somewhat' different than the live CDs - mixing Celtic music and blues together for the first time - it's probably a very good idea to listen to ALL THE SONGS. You'll get a MUCH BETTER idea of the CD by doing so.
The amazing Davy Spillane plays on seven songs (more than half the CD). So if you are a Davy fan then this CD is a must for your collection!
Irish music is a wave that has broken on many shores, and has left its mark on many musical traditions. Resilient, adaptable and above all indurable, nowhere is this more obvious than in the music of Barry Mc Cabe.
After recording three live CD's with his group Albatross (recorded in Sweden, France and Norway respectively) this is in essence a debut album for Barry Mc Cabe. "The Peace Within" is the work of Barry Mc Cabe and the exceptionally talented uilleann pipe player Davy Spillane, the Sony Music recording artist who is world renowned from his appearance in RIVERDANCE.
Using their Irish heritage, and incorporating Barry's love of the blues, both he and Davy have managed to interweave Irish traditional music with the blues into a totally new and invigorating musical sound that could probably best be described as "CELTIC BLUES".
This exciting new collaboration takes all that is best from both the Irish traditional music and the blues and makes them ready for the 21st century. Their version of the Peter Green song "Oh Well" fully illustrates both the diversity and the power of these two musical collaborators and of these two musical styles, and will have Leprechauns reelin' and rockin' all over the world.
By mixing Irish traditional music with blues and rock in this unique way, Barry Mc Cabe and Davy Spillane have allowed this music form to once again adapt itself, from the kitchen floors and dance-halls of Ireland, to the international rock stadiums and a new age.
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www.bluesrockers.ws/bmcreview.html Review by Tom Branson
Barry Mc Cabe: The Peace Within
Writing a review of "The Peace Within" from Irish blues/rocker Barry McCabe has proven to be a difficult task. It has been difficult because I have struggled to find the proper words to adequately describe this work to you, and I only hope that this review does it justice. Like the tremendous "The Wilderness Years" CD from T.W. Henderson, this recording from McCabe stands uniquely apart from the mass of material that I review. It is neither a glorious display of some musician's extreme manual dexterity nor an exhibition of the mass production skills of some large record industry conglomerate.
It is rather a work of art, the brainchild of McCabe in conjunction with the reknown uilleann pipe player Davy Spillane. It is a marriage of Irish folk music and blues/rock, fused into a conceptual recording of sorts.
Though at first the partners in this marriage may appear a bit odd, their offspring is a beautiful child I have heard called "Celtic Blues". But these two forms of music are not alien one to the other. My regular readers know that I consider blues to be a specific form of folk music and the joining of it with Irish blues is a natural union, as well as being a stroke of genius on McCabe's part.
The material here varies from acoustic, Irish folk music punctuated by Spillane's marvelous pipes to blistering, guitar driven blues/rock. Though the majority of the songs are Barry McCabe originals, the set does include some well chosen covers, including Peter Green's "Oh Well", which is one of the highlights of the recording. The CD contains a short but powerfully beautiful Rory Gallagher tribute "The Emigrant", which is an acoustic guitar/uilleann pipe masterpiece. This great diversity of material makes this an impossible recording to categorize, but why does it matter? If you are looking for loud guitar based blues/rock to keep you awake late at night while driving along some narrow country road, look somewhere else. But, if you recall a day when recordings were made with purpose and with great love, then chances are you will enjoy this remarkable work.
My favorites here include the aforementioned "The Emigrant", the title track which is an electric slide laced blues/rock track and some of McCabe's finest lyrics, McCabe and company's thunderous cover of "Oh Well", and "One Of These Days", another example of McCabe's outstanding gift of song writing.
The blues/rock tunes are first rate, and the acoustic guitar/uilleann pipe tracks are absolutely a thing of beauty, as is this recording in general.
Reviewer: Robert from Utah, USA
I was really surprised when I heard the Peace for the first time. Spillane, the master, is rockin'. This really sounds more like his time with Moving Hearts than some of his latter stuff. I like it! This has real kick to it. I don't know if it was himself, or the band he's playing with, who is responsible for this. Some of Davy's playing here, especially on the blues stuff, is unbelievable. He has improved so much since "Landsdowne Blues" on Atlantic Bridge.