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MUSIC IN THE GLEN. Heather Breeze Ceili Band. HBCD 02. This is music for 5 different sets – The Claddagh (thanks lads), the Ballyduff, the Inis Oírr, the Louisburgh and the Kilfenora , with a couple of waltzes thrown in, and played by a band from Mayo. It is very definitely for dancing, but it’s good listening too, as the band is obviously a working outfit that knows exactly how the music should be played. Top class.
THE LEGEND OF SWEENEY’S MEN. Sweeney’s Men. CMDDD932. This anthology has everything ever recorded by the great ballad/folk group of the 1960s, Sweeney’s Men. So complete is it that it even has music that was never recorded by Sweeney’s Men. It includes their two albums and all their singles and B-sides. However, it also includes some session work that Johnny and Andy did with showbands after the group broke up, where it’s actually impossible to judge which of them is playing what. There’s absolutely no harm in that, except that you will inevitably at some stage hear these tracks played on radio and introduced as ‘by Sweeney’s Men’. Having said that, it’s great to have the complete back catalogue.
OUR TIME TOGETHER. The Black Family. TORCD 1163. This recording is dedicated to the memory of their mother, Patty, who gifted them with the love of music. It includes some of her songs including ‘Magilligan’s Daughter’, a Dublin version of ‘Mick McGilligan’s Daughter’, probably originally from the theatre. It’s evenly divided between traditional and modern songs, and is a very pleasant listen. It ends with a song from their mother herself, joined by all the family.
LIVE FROM THE KATHARINE CORNELL THEATER. Various artists. KCT 1. These tracks are taken from various artists who appeared in the theatre in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts in 2002. They are Paddy Keenan, Billy Kelly, Tommy Peoples, Oisin Mac Diarmada, John Blake, Sean McElwain, Tristan Rosenstock, Sean Tyrrell, Fergus Feeley, Liz Doherty, Dave O’Neill, Niall & CillianVallely, Donal Clancy, Liz & Yvonne Kane. Needless to say, with such an array of talent, it’s an excellent recording. On two CDs there is a lot of music, and all of it is excellent.
UP IN THE AIR. Danu. SHCD 78059. This is the various members of the group doing their respective individual things solo. They are at this stage well-experienced and at ease in the studio, and that makes for good listening.
STÓR PÍOBAIREACHTA. Sean McAloon. NPUCD 013. Sean McAloon (1923 – 1998) was from the Roslea area of Fermanagh, and started playing music on the fiddle. It is as a piper that he is best known, however. He recorded very little for publication, but in the mid-1970s he was recorded by Joe Corrigan as part of a project he was doing in various Fermanagh schools. The time when the recordings were made was an interesting one. Sean was one of the players who lived through the near demise of piping, when there were very few pipers left in the world. He was part of the generation that saved the art and passed it onto the eager young generation who followed, and he was one of the men who encouraged that interest in the new breed of pipers. It was fortunate that these recordings were made, as they provide an insight into the techniques and repertoires of this interim period.
REAP WHAT YOU SOW. Foghorn String Band. This is the second record from the great young string band from Portland, Oregon. They use the same recording method as in the Twenties – all of them gather around one microphone. This is the way they play their live gigs also. It’s a skill that’s nearly dead these days, and the lads have perfected it. It’s infectious, lively traditional American music, it’s very well performed and very enjoyable.
SOUNDINGS. Arcanadh. WRCD 401. It’s hard to know what to make of this album. There’s no real indication who the personnel are apart from first names (although I can guess who one of them is by his parents’ first names). It’s well played and sung.
UNLEASHED! The Border Collies. BC 001. Music from the Sligo area.
UNWRAPPING DREAMS. The West Ocean String Quartet. WRCD 402. Classically arranged quartet with traditionally inclined music.
The Black Family: 《OUR TIME TOGETHER》は DVD の Mary Black: 《Live》を見た人なら気になります。パティさん、亡くなったんですね。合掌。