I know we try to confine ourselves to albums where tunes are the mainstay, but when a woamn with a voice as good as Mary McPartlan’s makes an album, then you need to know about it!Accompanied throughout by the superb Shamie O’Dowd, the album also features appearances by Mairtin O’Connor, Paddy Keenan, Liam Kelly, Tom Morrow, Eddie Lynch, Cathal Hayden, Fergal Gallagher, Banny Byrt, Mary Staunton and Martina Goggin. Worth the price of admission for Slieve Gallion Braes alone, if you ask me! Some non-trad stuff, which is a bit of shame because McPartlan really shines when she "sticks to the knitting"! But that’s a quibble, rather than a reason not to get stuck into this GREAT album. Available from Alan O’Leary’s mighty Copperplate organisation … http://www.copperplatemailorder.co.uk
Or *Danny* Byrt as he’s known to his friends (sorry for the typo above!).