CD Traditional Music of Ireland [O'Brien/Sproule/Kelly/O'Brien/Sproule/James Kelly] (CD 173114),
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Traditional Music of Ireland [O'Brien/Sproule/Kelly/O'Brien/Sproule/James Kelly]

  • 1. The Monahan Twig / John In The Mist
    2. Humors Of Kilkenny / Drops Of Spring Water
    3. Foxhunter's, The
    4. Lovely Willie
    5. The Rakes Of Kildare / The Horse's Leotard
    6. The Rights Of Man / McGibbney's Fancy
    7. The Small Hills Of Offaly / Farewell To Old Decancy
    8. The Jolly Seven / McGettrick's
    9. Paddy Taylor's / Anderson's
    10. Molly Bawn (White-Haired Molly) / The Sandpiper
    11. Cul Tlubh Na Bpearlai
    12. Paddy Kelly's / John Doherty's
    13. The Stage / The Western
    14. John Doherty's / The Antrim Rose
    15. Man Of The House / Ryan's Rant
    16. Bracken's / Mrs. Cooty's (The Horse That Made A Haymes Of His Winders) / The Kinnegad Slashers
    17. Jim Coleman's / Patsy Touhey's / Rodney Miller's
    18. Boys of Mullaghbawn, The
    19. John Kelly's / The Green Cottage / Cull Aodha
    20. The Gravel Path / The Wild Irishman
    21. Moving Cloud / Paddy Kelly's
    22. Down the Hill
    23. McCarthy's Favorite / Spring In The Air / Miss Emily
    24. Hughie the Graeme
    25. The Duke Of Leinster's Wife / Boys Of Ballisadare
    26. John Doherty's / Kitty Come Down To Limerick
    27. Sarah's Delight / Sean Sa Cheo
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 34014

  • Credits

    Full performer name: James Kelly/Paddy O'Brien/Daithi Sproule.
    This disc might look overwhelming to the neophyte or casual listener: 53 traditional tunes spread out over 27 tracks, 74 minutes of music in all, played by a bare-bones ensemble of fiddle, accordion, and guitar. And indeed, it's not an easy album to sit through all at once; while the featured instrumental combination is a lovely one, it's a sound that starts to wear after 45 minutes or so and makes this disc most effective when taken in measured doses. But that shouldn't deter lovers of Irish music -- or even those who are simply interested in it -- from diving in headfirst. James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien, and Dath Sproule are all virtuosic players who invest these tunes with an almost offhand grace that flirts with sloppiness but never gives in to it. Sproule's singing voice is good if not perfect (as opposed to his guitar playing, which is), and he chimes in at opportune moments, just before the fiddle/accordion/guitar texture gets monotonous. Best of all, this album works as an extensive catalog of traditional jigs, reels, and airs, from familiar numbers like "The Rights of Man" and "The Rakes of Kildare" to more obscure tunes, all played at moderate tempos with consummate taste and without grandstanding or pyrotechnics. ~ Rick Anderson

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