- Earle Hitchner
- Jim Gilchrist
- Siobhán Long
- Lyric FM
- Pete Fyfe
- Gordon Turnbull
- Kathryn Tickell
- Kevin Crawford
- Niall Keegan
4. THE LONG HARD ROAD by Tom McElvogue (self-issued)
– Earle Hitchner, “Ceol” Columnist, Irish Echo, New York City; column was entitled “Top Ten Traditional Albums of 2010″ and published on January 12, 2011; Tom McElvogue’s “The Long Hard Road” finished #4 in Earle Hitchner’s top ten list.
For full review of the top ten of 2010 visit Irish Echo
McElvogue has a considerable repertoire of jigs, both his own compositions as well as some old chestnuts like Gan Ainm, but for an unadorned showpiece, listen to the unaccompanied Old Walls of Liscaroll, velvet-toned flute rolling it out unhurriedly but with perfect poise and intonation.
For full review visit The Scotsman
For full review visit The Irish Times
Coming in a close second is flute player, Tom McElvogue’s and guitarist, Paddy Kerr’s superb The Long Hard Road.
Both albums are a refreshing reminder that trad fans seem to favour subtlety over sledgehammer production values.
A timely cue to nascent musicians too: small scale productions can ably match bigger budget releases.
For full article see The Irish Times.
February’s CD is The Long Hard Road, by Tom McElvogue and Paddy Kerr. It’s the long awaited debut CD from a master flute player and composer, featuring old favourites alongside new gems.
For details see Grace Notes, Lyric FM
For full review visit Folk Radio UK
On this CD, Tom is accompanied by Paddy Kerr’s precise, but never boring bouzouki, guitar and bodhran where required and it’s really refreshing to hear the full beauty of the melody unadorned by flashy displays of decoration. This recording proves to be a real joy as the emphasis is placed on sets of tunes which wouldn’t be out of place performed at an Irish Step Dance class bringing back many fond memories of my own experiences working with accordionist James Montgomery and ‘Doctor’ Michael Moriarty who often used Tom’s tunes in their sets as well. This is an album that perhaps non-musicians might judge too quickly as stark but personally speaking if you are looking for an articulate and artistic approach without all the bells and whistles I’d say you’ve come to the right place.
For full review visit Fatea magazine
…It is pure stuff with original compositions from both Tom and one by Paddy as well as traditional tunes….Paddy is a brilliant support for Tom’s selections, and Tom a masterful flutist as well as imaginative composer….
For full review visit Folkworld.eu
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Great playing and lovely tunes…this is the real thing. I’ve always been a fan of Thomas McElvogue’s flute playing…I’ve been waiting for this album for 30 years!
Growing up and playing Irish music in England during the 1980′s I always thought that Tom McElvogue was the “cream of the crop” among the flute players of our generation.
Twenty years on and Tom’s long awaited solo album has confirmed my theory and proven that he has something ‘extra special’ when it comes to flute playing.
The Long Hard Road is a remarkable display of true musicianship and I really hope we don’t have to wait another twenty years for it’s follow up.
Tom is one of the greatest technicians of the Irish wooden flute and he employs his exceptional ability for the expression of an intense musicality. To add to this he is an outstanding and individual composer, showing us new possibilities and compositional artistry in the traditional form.
Evidence for all this can be heard on every corner of this beautiful CD which is an accurate testament of Thomas’ flute playing and to the communities that have nourished and supported his genius. Basically Tom McElvogue is the best flute player and composer of our generation by a very, very long shot.