|Ou host Isabelle and ensemble|
Following a a pre-show shuffle for seating in the intimate brightly lit space, the first set featured Desaunay and fiddler Kieran Fahy originaly from the West but now settled in Belgium Fahy's fiddle sounded mellow and his style leaned on jazz and classical elements The diatonic accordion is quite a more substantial musical animal than the button accordion we are used to hearing. More like a bandoneon in the way that Desaunay opened the bellows to his full arm span and frequently beginning a tune with a ground on the bass buttons, There was a pleasant mix of traditions in the set with tangos and tarantellas mixed with waltzes and musettes and the odd song. It was a potent harmonic brew that packed quite a musical punch. There was the odd jig and reel too but nothing too dizzying or frenetic to perturb the mellow late evening mood . The duo were joined by local musicians Eileen Healy and Ray Barron on guitar and mandolin for the second half. *
The musicians in the audience included fiddle player Edel O Sullivan and singer Josie Harrington.
**While the amplification was subtle and not overpowering, one wondered if this metal barrier of stands and mikes between musician and listener was necessary in this compact space.