'Side by Side' Album Reviews
The Irish Times, Jan 2011 - read review
The Living Tradition (Issue 87) - read review
Irish Music Magazine - download review
Irish Music - download interview
Fiddler Magazine, Winter 2010/11 - download interview
'Under the Diamond' Album Reviews
Irish Examiner 2004 - download review
3 reviews 2004: The Irish Times, Galway Advertiser, Hot Press Magazine
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'The Well Tempered Bow' Album Review
Published in Earle Hitchner's
"Ceol" column in the IRISH ECHO newspaper on January
15, 2003, in New York City. (The Well-Tempered
Bow is no.2 in the top trad albums in the IRISH
" Charting their own course
after three years in Sharon Shannon's Woodchoppers
band, these sisters from Letterfrack, Galway,
came up with an assured, beautifully realized
recording. The siblings focus on the composing
talent of Paddy Fahy, a fellow Galway musician
from Kilconnell, through expert renditions of
his richly melodic tunes, unnamed as is his wont.
Also on the album are compositions by Ed Reavy
(his "In Memory of Coleman" reel follows James
Hill's "The Bee's Wing" hornpipe in a standout
Kanes' medley), Paddy O'Brien, and Brendan Mulvihill,
plus three by Liz Kane herself. The sisters perform
them with consummate grace and soulfulness, qualities
that carry over to their tender treatments of
"The Valley of Knockanure" waltz and the "Küsnacht"
air, to which Jesse Smith adds viola. Aptly titled,
"The Well-Tempered Bow" is fine-honed unison fiddling
by two musicians who know how to draw out the
heat and light within a melody. There's no superficial
flashiness substituting for a more difficult-to-achieve
understanding of what makes a tune tick. This
duo debut has real depth and heft, with superb
accompaniment from guitarist and pianist John
Blake, a member of the band Téada. Conway, Kanes
Head Up Best Traditional Albums of 2002."
22nd 2001, TG4 Traditional Music Awards 2001
".... featuring the the playing of sisters
LIz and Yvonne Kane. The packed venue was treated
to an hour of sweet, steady but lively East-Galway
style fiddling...Most metres and tune types were
played but it was during the slower tunes that
the intense musical understanding between the
siblings was most apparent. The two fiddlers'
music was so complimentary in melody, dynamic
and rhythm that it was obvious that they were
drawing from the same well of inspiration...
The Clare Champion April 2002
" ...From North Connemara, they have been
impressing audiences for a number of years now
with their distinctive style of fiddle playing...
Folkroots May 2002 - Ita Kelly
Liz and Yvonne Kane are like
two peas in a pod...Imagine this empathy translating
Hot Press November 2000 - Siobhán
…while 'Fire in their Bellies'
(with Liz and Yvonne Kane) is ensemble playing
at its best and most naked."