Eitre cd-recension

fRoots Magazine, november 2005:

Eitre consists of a mixture of  Irish, French and Swedish musicians who formed for a Swedish concert tour and stayed together. With a frontline of flute, fiddle and uilleann pipes, backed with guitar and bass, their sound is obviously based on the Bothy Band/Lunasa game plan, but there exists also a whiff of distinct personality that promises much if given head. Their tune sets are clean, precise and solid, as best exemplified in the opening Fairy Reel and Princess Nancy sets, with plentyful use of pipes, fiddle and flute backed with crisp string-bending. Individually , Marco Pollier´s uilleann pipes shine on his solo Sliabh Geal gCua, while Dag Westling´s throaty vocals and 5-string banjo frailing add an Appalachian feel to Flat River Girl and Kevin Ryan´s breathy flute adds a welcome woody timbre. Songwise, Coleraine Regatta is a seldom-visited gem and Brackagh Hill is a heartbreaking epic recalling Andy Irvine betimes. While it is strongly derivative, The Coming of Spring is both a warm and inviting effort – fine in application and delivery.