The Irish Isle

By James Keane and Friends

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  1. Give Me Your Hand
  2. Brian Boru’s March
  3. Jockey To The Fair
  4. The Connachtman’s Rambles
    The Geese In The Bog
  5. Innisheer
  6. The Hunt
  7. Carolan’s Dream
    Carolan’s Welcome
  8. Down By The Sally Gardens
  9. The South Wind
  10. Carrickfergus
  11. Sí Beag Sí Mór
  12. The Three Sea Captains
  13. The Chicago
    The Boys Of Ballisodare
  14. The Cup Of Tea
    The Mountain Road
    The Crooked Road To Dublin
    The Abbey

Two comments

Re: The Irish Isle

1996, Menus and Music Productions

James Keane, accordion
Seamus Egan, flute
Winifred Horan, fiddle
Sue Richards, harp

With a tacky series concept (the booklet consists of recipes for leek and potato soup and soda bread) and a disc devoted mainly to slow tunes - several of which are harp solos - one could imagine this being played in heavy rotation at the Irish import shops at the time. Fortunately, the players manage to elevate the (overplayed) material. The last two tracks in particular are taken at fast tempos, with #13 being a flute and accordion duet, and #14 a trio with fiddle (no harp on either). These are actually pretty great, and it’s a shame the whole album couldn’t have been more like this. The jigs and a couple of the set dances (played at the slower dance tempos) are not bad as well.
The playing is solid and, as I was always disappointed that Seamus didn’t record more in simpler settings, it’s nice to get a little bit here.