Geman magazine hifi and records review DÚLRA’s album Ecstasy.
“The recommendation “File under Audiophile” should be added to the back cover.”
“The recommendation on the back-cover states: “File under Traditional /World Music”. This target-group-definition for the pop market might obstruct the path to a larger audience for Dúlra (fiddle, cello, flute, percussion and other acoustic instruments), because with her Gaelic songs from the 16th to 18th century, the Irish singer Caitríona O’Leary is able to please fans of classical “Lieder” too. Her natural voice comes without frills and sounds at all times effortless. As well, there is never any danger that the archival material on the album is performed in an academic way.
Although this repertoire calls for it, the ensemble is not tempted to pander to the esoteric scene. Instead fans of Celtic Folk-Rock will get their money’s worth – when the urge for dancing and celebration rises up – with the rousing instrumental pieces performed by this band of soloists.
In addition to the performances, the production team has made the perfect choice by recording in a church, which leads to an ideal balance between translucent delicateness and lush substantial sound.
The recommendation “File under Audiophile” should be added to the back cover.”
Winfried Dulisch (July 2012)