Rince Go Maidin

By The Allow Ceili Band

  1. Top Of The Maol
    Knocknabower #2
  2. Lucy Campbell’s
    Mountain Top
  3. Back To The Glen
    Tommy Mulhaire’s
  4. Red Haired Lass
  5. Coole West
    Knocknabower #2
  6. Kilmaley
    The Green Mountain
    Lad O’Bierne’s
  7. Bellharbour
    Pinch Of Snuff
  8. Mountcashel’s Brigade
  9. Denis Murphy’s
    Merrily Kiss The Quaker
  10. Shores Of Lough Gowna
    Willie Coleman’s
    Strike The Gay Harp
  11. Sweeney’s
  12. The Flowing Tide
    The Good Natured Man
  13. Denny Mescall’s
    Rince Go Maidin
  14. Rover Through The Bog
    The Boys Of Bluehill

Two comments

Review [verbatim] from http://tradconnect.com/

This new album of Irish céilí music is just delightful. I’m used to my Irish music sounding pindrop precise, with virtuosic instrumentalists turning on a dime and weaving in and out of auditory labrynths. But this album is full of a great big joyous noise. Of course, all the instrumentalists in the Allow Céilí Band, which is based in the area of North Cork and West Limerick (specifically the village of Freemount in Cork), are absolutely top-notch, but this is music made for dancing, while most Irish trad today is made for listening. So there’s a roaring drum kit in the background, the ubiquitous céilí band cowbell, and a huge mess of instruments. It’s amazing they can all stay together so tightly, with 10 musicians at once! Led by teacher Con Herbert, this is a serious gigging céilí band, and in 2007 Allow won the Senior Céilí Band All-Ireland title at the Fleadh Cheoil.

The album itself, Rince Go Maidin (“Morning Dance”), seems designed to be played for céilí dancing, with tracks organized by which kind of set they fit with, so I was thinking it would likely be less fun for listening, but I was quite wrong! This album is infectious fun, and it’s pretty much impossible to keep your toes from tapping while listening. By and large the tunes are mostly well known classics (“The Green Mountain”, “Shores of Lough Gowna”, “The Flowing Tide”, “Copper Plate”), so I suppose this wouldn’t be as useful for learning new tunes, but the real point here is how listenable this album of céilí music is. I’m not used to that listenability with most céilí bands, so huge kudos to Allow Céilí Band for making an album that sounds as much fun as a night of Irish dancing!

“The Allow Ceili Band: Rince Go Maidin”

_1. ) polkas
_2. ) reels
_3. ) jigs
_4. ) reels
_5. ) polkas
_6. ) reels
_7. ) reels
_8. ) march
_9. ) slides
10. ) jigs
11. ) polka
12. ) hornpipes
13. ) slides
14. ) hornpipes