Pulling Out The Stops

By Dan Possumato

Two comments

From the Claddagh Records catalog

‘One of the common characteristics of the older generation of traditional musicians was the respect they gave to "The Music", understanding that regardless of their individual talents they were servants of the collective tradition. It is heartening to hear a recording that keeps this in mind with excellent playing, interesting tune selections and extensive liner notes and one that is blessedly lacking any electric "improvements" or hint of an orangutan playing a didgeridoo as a special guest! Dan and almost all of the additional musicians participating are Portland, Oregon residents, showing the remarkable universal appeal of Irish music and that Portland does, in fact have some, talented residents.
A very enjoyable listen. Well done’. – Mikey Beglan

He is joined by a strong cast of friends, including Kevin Burke, Teresa Baker, and Mick Mulcrone.

Another of the musicians featured on the album is Dan’s good friend, mountain climber Gerard McDonnell, from Kilcornan, Co Limerick. Gerard was the first Irishman to reach the summit of K2, regarded as the most dangerous and challenging of all the earth’s highest mountains. Sadly, Ger and ten other climbers didn’t make it back and died on the descent. As a tribute, Dan has included two bonus tracks by Ger, one of him singing sean-nós and another of a fabulous bodhrán solo captured live at a folk festival performance in Alaska. A portion of the sales proceeds of each album is being donated to a memorial fund set up in Gerard’s name, which will assist the children of the Sherpa and Pakistani porters who also died in the calamity.

The musicians are:

Dan Possumato – melodeon, button accordion;

Kevin Burke – fiddle;

Mick Mulcrone – bouzouki, flute, vocals;

Teresa Baker – piano;

Brongaene Griffin – fiddle;

Quentin Cooper – tenor banjo, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki;

Andrew Dall – bodhrán;

Bob Soper – guitar;

Elizabeth Nicholson - harp;

Gerard McDonnell – bodhrán, vocals

I really like this record and will seek out his earlier recording. Nice choice of tunes and some great musicians