A respected member of the Comhaltas Community in Westmeath, Irish language teacher Enda Seery has released his debut album The Winding Clock. First thought on listening is that you can tell Enda is involved in the teaching of the whistle as each tune is paced perfectly with every note enunciated clearly which sets the bar for any budding whistle players to absorb and emulate. The other major impression of the Winding Clock is the quality of composition. Enda includes many of his own tunes and they intertwine seamlessly with the more traditional with regards to the quality of workmanship.
Drawing tunes from a variety of stalwarts, The Leitrim Lilter set incorporates I wish I never saw you a tune taken from the album Feadóga Stáin by the renowned Mary Bergin and Seery plays it with a lilting clarity whilst maintaining a steady pace. The rhythm and clarity also shine through on the Colonel Frazer set, which is a traditional favourite with a catchy twist and Seery administers the nuances with ease. The echo of the Bb Generation whistle on Enda’s self composed Fonn an tSrutháin (Tune of the Streams) carries through to another composition of his entitled Friday’s Finest, a slow jig on which he plays keyboards as well as whistle. Musicality is showcased in the family with Ciaran (box), Siobhan (flute) and Padraig (fiddle) joining their brother to display a flavour of Paddy O’Brien and Willie Coleman’s jigs with flair on track six.
With a mixture of session tunes and instrumentals that have been utilised for competitions in Fleadh Cheoils‘, The Winding Clock is the ideal enhancement for aspiring whistle players to listen and learn from and no better teacher for it than Enda Seery.
Eileen McCabe, Irish Music Magazine, www.irishmusicmagazine.com