Mick Kinsella - Harmonica
On the album:
- Mick Kinsella (harmonica/bass harmonica/shaker/percussion/concertina/crotales/congas/snare drum)
- Peter Browne (button accordion; track 1)
- Donal Siggins (tenor banjo/guitar; tracks 1, 14)
- Martin Dunlea (guitar; tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 12)
- Niall O’Brien (violin; track 2)
- Emer Mayock (flute; tracks 4, 14)
- Brendan O’Sullivan (fiddle; track 5)
- Eugene Quinn (tenor banjo; track 5)
- Declan Quinn (low whistle; track 5)
- Brian Fleming (bodhran; track 5)
- Susan Daly (harp; tracks 8, 9)
- Sheila O’Sullivan (fiddle; track 9)
- Kevin Murphy (cello; track 9)
- Steve Larkin (fiddle; tracks 12, 14)
- Edel McWeeney (fiddle; track 13)
- Dermot Byrne (button accordion; track 14)
- Michelle (Mitchel) O’Brien (crotales; track 14)
- Dave Donohoe (bodhran; track 14)
- Ben Prevo (vocals/guitar; track 15)
- Damian Gallagher (guitar; track 16)
Tune composer information (the rest were listed as traditional):
- Lip My Reeds, Tango Ala Turk, Rosaleen’s Children, The Spanncomp Jig, and, Gin And Diatonic (Mick Kinsella)
- Canyon Moonrise (John McGann/Arbor Vitae)
- Japuneasy (Brendan Power)
- Marcelle And Marcel (J.J. Milteau)
- Take Me Home (Rory McLeod)
- Spiral (Martin Dunlea)
- The Leipzig Waltz (Dee Armstrong)
- Ormond Sound (Paddy O’Brien)
- See The Blues Tonight (Ben Prevo)
Some liner notes:
Mick heard the tune from the Celtic Fiddle Festival album
Mick used to play this tune with Brendan at gigs together.
Mick originally recorded this set of polkas for the band Whirlygig (Whirligig?) and they let him use it on this album. He learned the set from the band Aontas (of Kilkenny).
Donegal version of the tune, which he learned from Dermot Byrne. He plays both harmonica and concertina simultaneously on this tune.
Instrumental version of Rory’s song.
Written for his mother and extended family.
Dee Armstrong taught him these tunes while they were both with the band Orangiboom.
Mick makes reference to a few other harmonica players he’s played with and learned tunes from, namely, Brendan Power, J. J. Milteau, and, Rory McLeod.
So what’s the album like? Would you recommend it?
Well, I only post an album if there’s a minimum of one tune (or set) that I’ve enjoyed their playing of (or, in some cases, have found their style/arrangement at least interesting and/or unique).
In this particular case, I’m still familiarizing myself with all of the tracks (not huge on waltzes personally, which a number of these are). So far, for various reasons (some combination the playing, the arrangements, and the tunes themselves), I’ve liked the polka set (track 5), the jig set (track 10), and the Balkan set (track 14). Will probably post the jigs to the tune page eventually, and maybe the Balkan tunes.
With that said, this album no longer seems to be in-press, or available digitally, and buying second hand copies from sites like Amazon seems to be particularly expensive for the album (at least with the Canadian currency conversion and shipping costs).
I personally would buy it again, though, bear in mind that my tastes likely differ from yours’, my interest in Irish-related traditions seems to differ from yours’ (there’s a mix of ITM and non-ITM on this album), and my tolerance for buying an album that I’m unsure of its’ quality is probably different too (I end up buying plenty of albums that I end up not liking, but, in the process discover many that I do).
I suspect you’ll like his playing when you hear it. I’d recommend you check out his other material (he plays on plenty of other albums), live YouTube videos of him (see below), consider what I’ve written above, and weigh that against the costs for a second hand album before buying.
One day I may do something along the lines of what Kenny does, i.e., post YouTube clips of different tracks I enjoy but aren’t readily available elsewhere online. So, you may see a few of these tracks show up some day there if you’d like to sample it. Cannot say when that would be (plenty of other things higher on my to-do list).
For now, here’s a bunch of (mostly) live recordings of Mick on YouTube. He is/was married to Josephine Marsh, and there’s plenty of videos of them playing together as you’ll see.
Two Jigs w/ Josephine Marsh:
Hardiman The Fiddler, w/ Steve Larkin, Dave Sheridan, & Nancy Kineskue:
A Waltz for Joesphine (Mick Kinsella composition) & Byrne’s Hornpipe w/ Josephine Marsh:
The Golden Castle, starting at about 35s:
Track 3 of this album (Tango Ala Turk, one of Mick’s compositions):
Mick Kinsella w/ Josephine Marsh & Steve Larkin:
Mick Kinsella w/ Josephine Marsh, Niamh Parsons, & Graham Dunne:
Her Lovely Hair Flowed Down Her Back w/ Josephine Marsh:
Reels & tune from another genre w/ Brendan Power, beginning at about 1 min 25s:
Thanks, I’ll pass your thoughts on to Mick the next time I see him.