Wonderfull piano and concertina playing.
This is the first CD I have from Simon Thoumire (concertina) and David Milligan (piano) but I think I will try to get some others from them.
The piano playing is really good and changes from most piano playings I’ve heard in the past on some others CDs.
Very inventive arrangements and very good tunes too.
This album is not entirely traditional. David Mulligan is a jazz pianist, and Simon Thoumire’s concertina playing is fiercely funky and jazzy. I’ve never tried it, but Simon has a band called "Simon Thoumire Three," whose recordings seem as modern as this one featuring a guitar and a double bass.
For Simon’s traditional-style playing, try "Keep it Up": https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/253 You will see his gentle playing full of subtle nuances has been heavily influenced by Scottish fiddling styles. I need to get the new album of the band, which was released quite recently.
But, of course, I really love this one, too! It is quite exciting stuff and full of good tunes including both traditional ones and recent compositions. If you are a fan of Padraig Rynne, the concertina player with the band Cian, you shouldn’t miss Simon Thoumire’s playing in this recording. Sample several tracks at www.concertina.net.