Re: Irish Music from The Favourite
Released in 1975 on the Leader label, the title of this album is somewhat misleading. Despite it’s front cover bearing a large photograph of the rather grubby Favourite pub just off the bottom of Hornsey Road in North London, all of the tracks were recorded elsewhere, either at the Sugawn Kitchen (on the Balls Pond Road which runs east from Highbury Corner) or at a private house in Croydon. Recordings at the former were made in May and June, 1971, and at the latter in July 1973.
While the Waterford-born fiddler Jimmy Power is reasonably well known, Tony Ledwith is probably much less so. On this album the Westmeath man plays accordion, though, according to Reg Hall’s detailed sleeve notes, he could knock out a tune on any instrument he could lay his hands on. Reg himself is one of three accompanists on the album, with fellow pianist Paul Gross and Jimmy’s son Tom on guitar on other tracks.
It’s a thoroughly enjoyable album, but, sadly one which few will ever hear unless the ‘lost Leaders’ are reissued.