Sleeve notes by John O'Regan
Fling's music has evolved into a highly personalized evocation of the finest elements of the Celtic tradition. Based in the Friesland area of Holland, Fling has carved out a unique reputation for itself as one of the most innovative among the new European wave of Celtic inspired bands.
Since their last recording 2002's 'The Blackbird', Fling's music has developed and evolved. Now working as a quartet the mix of musical integrity, vocal authority and melodic balance has remained intact. New member Annemarie de Bie as well as a first rate vocalist is also an accomplished songwriter. 'Where Eternity Lies' a joint collaboration with piper Evert Jan 't Hart brings another dimension to Fling's repertoire. She brings a fresh contemporary presence to her interpretations of traditional ballads like 'The Rigs of Rye' and 'Lord Franklin' while also investing the work of W.B. Yeats with a new resonance. Peter Rechsteiner as well as an effective guitarist also adds keyboards and bass pedals to Fling's music, again increasing their depth and variety.
Uilleann piper, Evert Jan 't Hart continues to compose hauntingly evocative tunes as well as
adding the bouzouki to his instrumental cache while fiddler Peter Zijlstra continues to impress as a player in both a lead and supporting role. Together this new Fling line up continues the tradition of playing and writing innovative original music within the Celtic vein and making their own mark on an ancient creative tradition.
'Lost in Dunkineely' while unveiling a new line up to the outside world, retains the distinctive Fling sound while adding some exciting new shades and styles. The music twists and turns quickly enveloping the listener like a coiled spring that reveals itself with each exposition.
The quieter lyrical strains of the vocal contributions blend with the wildly passionate dance tunes and the somber contemplative slow airs. 'Lost in Dunkineely' is a composite display of
musicality, technique, and creational ability providing a highly accomplished result.
This is the sound of a band reborn scaling new inspirational heights and fully devoted to realizing its creative potential.
Fling's music has grown and developed into what it is now a fully evolved and carefully structured original style–melodic, powerful, mature, and fully-fledged. This ensemble sound resembles a butterfly having discarded the cocoon and assumed full flight.
With their third album, 'Lost in Dunkineely', Fling has produced a collection of powerfully emotive original Celtic music based within a timeless tradition. 'Lost in Dunkineely' places Fling firmly in the frontline of the Celtic pantheon, 'Lost in Dunkineely' is also the finest collection of Fling's music to date.
© John O'Regan October 2006.