I finally bought this album— was having trouble ordering from the Daimh site for a while. It’s a great recording, though very different from their earlier albums: lighter and more spacious arrangements, with some bordering on jazz (the harmony in Siud Agaibh an Deoch a dh’Òlainn, particularly).
There’s a lot of mandolin and mandola, with new member Damian Helliwell only playing a few tracks on banjo. The transition from Colm O’Rua to Helliwell is definitely apparent. I loved O’Rua’s powerful banjo playing, but Helliwell brings a different, and welcome, flavor to the band (Damian’s band Metta released an album this year, which has an even stronger jazz feel). Can’t say who I like better in the role, but I love them both.