The Narrow Edge

By John Blake

  1. The Humours Of The Neale
    Kregg’s Pipes
  2. Munster Buttermilk
    Pay The Reckoning
  3. Big Pat’s
    Maud Miller
  4. Kerry Hop
  5. The Earl’s Chair
    Gan Ainm
  6. Colonel Sullivan’s
    Hardiman The Fiddler
  7. Toss The Feathers
  8. The Derry
    Queen Of The Fairies
  9. Courting Them All
    The Ballina Lasses
  10. The Battering Ram
    The Mug Of Brown Ale
  11. Jem Byrne’s
    Coleman’s Cross
  12. Farewell To Whiskey
    Gan Ainm
  13. The Cloone
    The Pride Of The Bronx
  14. Mrs. Kenny’s
    The Men Of The West

Five comments

I think this is his first solo CD, though he’s well known for his work as an accompanist, his ensemble work, and as a member of Teada. Here he plays flute, guitar, piano, and whistle, with Ruairi McGorman on bouzouki. A fine album.

Thanks…

Thanks for posting this, Gary. Would this be mainly a flute CD ? I’m a big fan of John Blake’s flute playing, and am glad to see this recording being released. I might get slagged for this, but does he play banjo on the CD at all ? I seem to remember him playing banjo with "Teada", and being a very tasteful player of that instrument [ as well as all the others ].

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It’s all flute and whistle, Kenny.

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Thanks Gary - I’ll look forward to hearing it.

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Niall Kenny and myself [ along with several others ] bought this CD when John "re-launched" it at Hammy and Conal’s Flute Gathering in Ballyvourney last week. Niall posted it here with very positive comments yesterday, but because it was a duplicate posting of a recording already here, it’s been removed. I’d like to echo his comments, that this is an excellent piece of work, noteable for several unusual settings of well-known tunes, and the standard of John’s playing is superb. I recommend this recording to absolutely anyone with an interest in any aspect of Irish traditional music. Essential listening for any flute player.

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