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Outside the Box * [Billy McComiskey]


  • 1. Keogh's/Maggie Lynn's
    2. Sean McGlynn's/Maura McGlynn's/Connie Scanlon
    3. Rainy Day/The Man of the House, The
    4. Diamond/Sleepless Nights, The
    5. Grainne's Grace
    6. Humours of Bandon/Farewell to Old Decency/Ormond Sound [Set Dance/Reels, The
    7. Ballinakill/The Broken Bridge, The
    8. Collier's/Miss Thornston's/The Concert, The
    9. Nora Sweeney/Elizabeth Cullen
    10. Way to Shercock/Nell Davy's, The
    11. Planxty Thomas Burke/Lady Gethin
    12. Grey Fox, The
    13. Frances Keegan/The Ring Finger/The Maid I Ne'er Forgot

    Code: QZZQ

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 974488

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Doyle
    EngineerGabriel Donohue; Glenn Barratt; Erick Jaskowiak

    Personnel: Billy McComiskey (accordion); Joanie Madden (whistling, flute); John Doyle (guitar, bouzouki, mandola); Mick Moloney (tenor banjo); Liz Carroll (fiddle); Brendan Dolan (piano); Mathew Bell , Myron Bretholz (bodhran).
    Audio Mixer: Glenn Barratt.
    Liner Note Authors: Earle Hitchner; Mick Moloney.
    Recording information: Compass Sound Studio, Nashville, TN; Cove Island Productions, Hawthorne, NJ; Morning Star Studios, Ambler, PA.
    Photographer: Robert Hakalski.
    Arranger: Mick Moloney.
    All over the booklet of this CD, there's effusive praise about Billy McComiskey and his Irish button accordion playing from those who know. At times it's so high that you wonder how he can ever hope to live up to it. After all, he's not a man who's made a lot of records, although he's one of the leading lights of Irish-American music. But then you put on the disc and the truth is revealed -- McComiskey really is that good. There's an easy, natural fluency to his playing, but even more importantly, a feel for the music that makes it swing in a way that's particularly Irish-American. The reverence in which he's held is apparent from the quality of the accompanists here: John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Mick Moloney, and Joanie Madden, among others -- they're all superb musicians, and McComiskey is the equal of them all. A fair number of the tunes come from his own pen, with several others from his mentor, Sean McGlynn, as well as a couple of trips back in history, with the set of O'Carolan tunes a particular standout for their filigreed delicacy. For the most part this is uptempo, and that's the ideal way to experience McComiskey, a man who's operated happily at the grassroots level of Irish-American music for decades, while also standing shoulder to shoulder with the greats. This is his first solo outing since 1981, and his first recording since 1995, making its rarity obvious and the palpable joy at hearing such a superb musician ever greater. ~ Chris Nickson

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.37) - "[I]t's a sprightly collection of reels, jigs, and horn-pipes, many of them McComisky compositions..."
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