Phil was recently giving this album away, the only cost was registering on his mailing list. I don’t know if he is still doing this.
The CD is quite good, although to me, he sounds a bit too much like Mike McGoldrick and there is only one Mike McGoldrick!
In the liner notes, Phil says:
"This CD is a departure from my first CD "Low Whistle". I wanted to make a more acoustic/trad orientated album, not relying on programming. This is a good test in one’s ability as a musician and I have enjoyed this process very much."
Well, it is more acoustic/trad based than his other albums, but don’t expect pure-drop! There are heavy bass/drums in several places, and there are lots of intricate arrangments. Also, less than half of the tunes are traditional; Phil’s tunes have the majority, with some tunes by Mike McGoldrick and John McSheery as well. It’s still a good album, though, and I enjoy most of the tracks. My only complaint is the excess of multi-tracking (Phil plays almost all the instruments himself). It really gives it a fake sort of sound. It is interesting though, when he double the whistels tracks, because since it’s him playing both of them, it’s absolutely seamless.
I agree, he does sound quite a bit like McGoldrick! Particularly at the beginning of track 3, when he does that cool tounging thing.