“Amara” - a wee gem.
All of the tunes on this recording [ made in 1977 ] were composed by the Galway visual artist Joe Boske. He is a whistle player, but doesn’t actually play on this CD. There are over 20 musicians making a contribution to the album, some well-known, others less so. Davy Spillane Tommy Keane, Mairtin O’Connor, Sean Smyth, Charlie Piggot and Garry O’Briain are probably the better-known names, but the musicianship is outstanding throughout, as are the tunes themselves. No reels, but a good mixture of a couple of jigs, a polka, a waltz, 3 airs, a great hornpipe, and even a couple of flings.
I’d heard that if ther’s a 2nd recording of Joe’s tunes to be made, none of the guys are going to play on it unless Joe makes an appearance himself ! I’ll certainly buy it if/when it comes out.