The Green Fields Of America
This CD was released in 2009, and I was surprised to find that it hasn’t been included here. I bought it in a recent Compass Records $5 sale, and think it’s one of the best recordings I’ve heard in years, songs and all.
Not surprising really, when you look at the list of musicians involved :
Mick Moloney - tenor banjo, mandolin, guitar and vocals
Athena Turgess - fiddles
Billy McComiskey - button accordion
John Doyle - guitar, bouzouki and vocals
Robbie O’Connell - guitar and vocals
Great sets of tunes, a great choice of songs, well sung by 3 good strong singers. Robbie O’Connell steals the show with his own song, "The Islander’s Lament", the best song I’ve heard in a long time.
All in all, highly recommended - look out for it if Compass do another $5 sale, but it’s actually worth the full price, and several are for sale on eBay at the moment.
Track two includes Liz Carroll’s Diplodocus (https://thesession.org/tunes/620) as an instrumental break.