THE HOME OF SPECIALIST MUSIC Supporting independent labels and artists from across the globe

The Last Bell

Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
Release Date:
Catalog Number:
The Last Bell
The Last Bell


Stalwarts of contemporary trad, the Alan Kelly Gang are a creative force all about tasteful arrangements, groove, energy and musicality of the highest order. Their superb new album, The Last Bell, which has been over a year in the making, is an uplifting, pristine collection of original and traditional music that inspires a feeling of joie de vivre throughout. Recorded over two live sessions in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin with an A-list cast of cohorts: Alan Kelly (piano accordion), Steph Geremia (flute /vocal /sax & whistle), Alasdair White (fiddle), Tony Byrne (guitar), Manus Lunny (bouzouki), Ewan Vernal (bass), Martin O'Neill (bodhran) and Jim Higgins (percussion), the album captures a magic that ensues when such outstanding musicians are locked away, working together in musical solidarity. "I wanted to capture that raw energy and spur of the moment musicality. I also wanted to recreate the vibe and excitement of the sessions when I recorded Mosaic (2000) by playing live with drums, percussion and bass." Alan Kelly On this outing, you can sense the bands maturity and musical cohesiveness. There is a complexity of intricate layers on tracks such as the Wedding Reels and the intriguing 7/8 timed Low Flying Polo. There is also a healthy offering of original works by band members and their musical peers, including the effortless and bewitching slow march, January Gales, a song inspired by the classic poem of Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Music Makers, the dreamy After the last Bell Rings and poignant Poorest Company. The album also features guest lead vocals by Eddi Reader on The Sleeping Policeman. Since their last album venture, Small Towns and Famous Nights, the gang have welcomed Scottish fiddler, Alasdair White (Battlefield Band) into the mix and have spent the past 2 years making high profile festival appearances, as well as breaking ground entering the North American circuit. They have also welcomed Capercaille's Manus Lunny on board and into the Producer's chair, who has brought along his distinctive panache to the 12 tracks - 8 instrumentals and 4 songs. "this is a party looking for a crowd" - The Irish Times "Alan Kelly has done it again, along with his choice musical gang, with the release of their second album The Last BellThe appeal of this new release seems endless. . . It's most definitely a winner" - Irish Music Magazine "The Last Bell is a thoroughly pleasing set - refined and exciting in all the right places" - fRoots


  1. Name
  2. Millhouse
  3. Music Makers
  4. Snow Reels
  5. January Gales
  6. The Moth & The Exorcist
  7. After The Last Bell Rings
  8. Low Flying Polo
  9. The Poorest Company
  10. Wedding Reels
  11. Hopvotte
  12. The Sleeping Policeman (feat. Eddi Reader)
  13. Frankie's Reels
In stock

Fast delivery & returns worldwide

In stock
Search engine powered by ElasticSuite