Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Dublin Gospel Choir - Doing Their Thing - a review

A nice review by the German Magazine

With “Doing Their Thing” the Dublin Gospel Choir is to be mentioned in the same breath as the other big European gospel choirs, like the great Oslo Gospel Choir. Here already the similarity of their names is a pointer to the music presented. But still, the Dublin Gospel Choir is different, as one is bethinking its Irish heritage and one can perceive influences of the traditional music of their home country here and there. This is becoming their over-all sound greatly.
Amongst traditionals like “Pass Me Not” the v is presenting tracks by genius Kirk Franklin as well as pop-songs in Gospel sound, e. g. the opener “You and Me“ (Cranberries), “Ain’t No Mountain“ (Ashford & Simpson) or “Something Wonderful“ (Eleanor McEvoy). And so, you are not getting the typical same old story / typical mishmash / typical monotony of the “classic” gospel choirs, but a lot of new influences and an enhancement of the repertoire.
The 11 members are wowing their audience with their singing at any time and the accompanying musicians are grooving along smoothly and easily. And anytime Eamon Galladubb is playing the low whistle, a part of Ireland is becoming alive within the gospel music. “Doing Their Thing” is a beautiful album with a choir, that’s intonating precisely and confidently, but is never lacking the joy of singing. Gospel fans should not miss out on the Dublin Gospel Choir.
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