The Vernal Pool

By The Sprigs

Two comments

The Vernal Pool

This is a fantastic album of great playing, and it is a shame that there are only the 9 tracks. Michael Reynolds (box) and Brendan Bulger (fiddle) are both extremely talented players and mesh together beautifully. The tune selection is wide ranging, and the ornamentation clean and tasteful, making for an album that seems to promote the fun in Irish music. Mike’s two songs are similarly pleasant: the first a kinder and somewhat more poignant take as the lyrics demand, while the second embraces the true rakishness of its lyrics to end the album on an uplifting and wild note. Tracks are labelled not by the tunes they contain, but by other names picked for the sets as follows:

windhoek
grenadiers
midlothians
exterminate
foxwhelp
rondout
trumpeteers
jacky
mac alpines