This recording features John McGillian on accordian, and John Brennan on guitar (also a wonderful fiddler, but just does guitar on this album). These two men are main staples in the Philadelphia Irish scene where they lead several sessions. Both incredible musicians, McGillian has roots in in Donegal and Tyrone, his parents home counties. Of specific note for Brennan, his guitar is tuned in DADEAE, a rather unusual tuning (from what I understand). Many of the tunes on this recording are fairly common in sessions, but they are played with great enthusiasm. Some interesting experimentation is done with a few tunes, especially "Come West Along the Road," which is played at a much slower pace. Overall, a great CD!
My favorite bit of the whole album is the pictures of Mini-Me on the cover.
I love this CD! I meant to post it ages ago, but never did. Cara—what do you mean by pics of Mini-Me? Is that the dog?
Yeah, Mini-Me is the dog. I’m pretty sure it’s Brennan’s, but I could be wrong on that.
I thought it was a little funny to have a reel followed by two jigs on Track 3. I dug out the CD and the first tune on Track 3 is called the Bank of Ireland in the listing, but in the notes it is identified as Bryan O’Lynn. Sure sounds like it to me.
But wait. There’s more. Track 4 - the Rolling Waves is the Maguire’s Clan March, not the Humors of Trim Rolling Waves. But both tunes show a link to the CD. You’d think that there be enough names for tunes to come up with a new one for each tune. And we Irish are supposed to be well-supplied with imagination.