Traditional Irish Music From Boston

By The Magic Square

  1. The Coachman’s Whip
    The Ash Plant
    Eileen Curran’s
    Unlucky In Love
  2. McGovern’s Favorite
    The Gates Of Mullagh
    Gan Ainm
  3. Dennis The Hat’s
    Kitty Come Over
    Young Tom Ennis
  4. In Memory Of Coleman
    Mary MacNamara’s
  5. Dave And Dan’s
    Kitty’s Rambles
  6. February Reel #1
    Twomey’s #9
    Brady’s
  7. The Sailor On The Rock
    The Boys Of Malin
    The Star Of Munster
  8. Joe John Kelly’s
    Skip Parenti’s
    Bonnie Anne
    The Best Donegal Reel Ever
  9. The Japanese
    The Song Of The Isles
  10. Exile From Erin
    Finbar Dwyer’s Fancy
    John Brennan’s
  11. The Reel Of Rio
    The Controversial
    No Name
  12. Paddy’s Gone To France
    Lovely Molly
    Up To Your Knees In Sand
  13. Sgt. Early’s Dream
    Never Was Piping So Gay
  14. Seth And Mary’s
    Evil 52
    The Humours Of Tooma
  15. Derry Craig Wood
    Over The Moor To Maggie

Nine comments

Released in 2003, The Magic Square is Dave Cory (banjo, bodhran, bozouki, guitar), Dan Isaacson (flute, whistle, bozouki), Breige Quinn (fiddle), and Ted Davis (guitar). They are joined by Tina Lech, George Keith (fiddle), and Peter Molloy (flute). Essentially, they are a group of friends from all around the US and Ireland who wanted to make a recording of the phenomenal music that was being played in Boston from 2000-2002.

And that is exactly what they did. I came across this lovely recording via Dan, the absolutely incredible flutist/whistler/ bozouki-ist who makes his home in the Baltimore area. It took me a while to find him at a session when he actually had CDs on him, and last night when he finally had them, I was quite happy, and my joy only increased when I finally got to listen to the recording. Really just good stuff. Full of energy, and solid playing from all the musicians. To buy the CD, go to http://www.themagicsquare.com. Good stuff.

Oh, and also worth noting is that this CD was produced and released by the artists themselves. No label that gets a portion of the CD sales. All money goes straight to the musicians who spent their own time and resources making this lovely CD.

You can download two tracks off their site. Really fun to listen to!

-Max

Website downloads

Those MP3s on the website sound great, especially the aptly named "The Best Donegal Reel Ever".

I was just thinking this morning, as I was listening to this album, that I should add it if no one had…

Great ablum - mighty stuff.

Good man, Dan. Keep up the good work. Some of these tunes are certainly making their way into the Asheville sessions. We all love the recording.

Track 10

Just a head’s up. John Brennan’s, the third tune on track 10 is not the John Brennan’s (aka Silver Spire) listed on this site, or on a few other sites for that matter. It is fairly common at sessions though.

The Magic Sq.

I came across this tasteful recording while I visited a friend of mine the other day. John Brennan’s on track 10 is already here: https://thesession.org/tunes/1139