The Green House

By Grey Larsen And Paddy League

  1. Lady On The Island
    The Humours Of Lisadel
    The Monaghan Twig
  2. The Thrush In The Straw
    The Banks Of Lough Gowna
  3. The Cuckoo’s Nest
    Fitzgerald’s
    The Indian On The Rock
  4. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
    Dusk Among The Willows
  5. Lord Mayo
    The White Cushion
  6. Comb Your Hair And Curl It
    The Whinney Hills Of Leitrim
    A Fig For A Kiss
  7. O’Carolan’s Draught
  8. Very Kind And Gracious
  9. The Walls Of Liscarroll
    Maguire’s Kick
    The Lark On The Strand
  10. Old Tipperary
    Garret Barry’s
    Tom Greyhan’s
  11. Sweet Iniscara
    The Morning Star
    Scotch Mary
    Music In The Glen
  12. Cabbage Night
  13. Michael J. Kenney Talks About The Cuckoo’s Nest
  14. Michael J. Kennedy Plays The Cuckoo’s Nest
  15. Michael J. Kennedy Talks About Music, Memory, And Playing For Dances In North-East County Galway

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The Green House

Between last night and this morning, i listened to "The Green House". This one is with bodhran/geetar player Paddy League.

League is a pleasure to listen to, especially on the tracks that are just flute and bodhran.

Once again, Grey plays the concertina just as well as he does the flute. An interesting thing is that he tends to play the 2 instruments in a very similar way; for example, his ornamentation on the concertina is more or less the same as on the flute. Before i dug this, i was thinking the concertina sounded funny; he has an interesting "squeaky" way to do rolls, for example. But he does them the same way in the flute.

Grey’s mastery of the keyed flute is evident, and he rubs it in by including tracks in F, F dorian (= 3 flats), Bb, etc. Beautifully sounding instrument, an old American-made Firth&Pond flute with Abell headjoint.

All in all, this is a very pleasant CD to listen to. It’s mostly ITM, with some of Grey’s stuff thrown in.

The CD has 3 bonus tracks with old-timer melodeon player Michael Kennedy (b 1900) talking about music and playing "The Cuckoo’s Nest", stuff recorded for an LP that’s now unavailable. These 3 tracks are precious, probably worth the price of the CD.