”Ciorras (Irish for the cirrus cloud formation and pronounced ‘Kirrus’) are what some might call the ‘manufactured’ band that were created and groomed on the successful TG4 series Lorg Lunny. The term ‘manufactured’ could hold a certain stigma if you contextualise it with the many reality TV music shows that are currently so popular.
These guys however, did not decide to audition, they were sourced personally by none other than the legendary Donal Lunny and when Lunny decides to invest his time and effort into something, you know the man with the musical Midas touch will have uncovered not just one bar of gold but a whole cave of it. Silver Lining excellently utilises the amalgamation of talent that exists within Ciorras especially in the combination of arrangements.
The syncopated rhythms on Runaway induce a subliminal fusion of instrumentals that drive into McGoldrick’s Farewell to Whalley Range, the whole composition enhanced with a textured, funky edge. I keep getting drawn to Rainbow which incorporates Harvey’s Reel,‘Andy Broon’s’ and a scintillating Mackerel and Tatties. The set starts with a carefully paced cadence and builds up into an inferno before suddenly reverting back to the definitively slow paced tempo of the start. I can’t say it better than the sleeve notes where it’s defined as ‘an arc of rhythmic and melodic colours’ that make up the rainbow, all I can say is listen to it!
Richard Thompson’s Farewell Farewell is a vocal standout. Ciara Cunningham enters the lyrics and grabs them by the gut and twists them into an emotional tear jerker that hits hard. Her voice evokes sentiment and the melodic accompaniment reinforces the poignancy of the song.
Silver Lining has only eight tracks - maybe it’s deliberate as it does leave you wanting to hear more of the band. What’s important though is that Ciorras are proving themselves to be the progressive group that Lunny set out to deliver. Intriguingly complex arrangements delivered with a confidence and panache that compels you to listen.
A definite winner.”
Irish Music Magazine, April 2011. Eileen McCabe