Many Happy Returns

By Arcady

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Many Happy Returns

Arcady are a great lively group. They are:

Johnny McDonagh: Bones, Bodhran, Triangle
Nicholas Quemener: Guitars, Flute, Whistle, Vocals
Patsy Broderick: Piano, Keyboards
Conor Keane: Accordion
Brendan Larrisey: Fiddle
Niamh Parsons: Vocals

Joining them as guests on the CD are:

- The Voice Squad (Phil Callery, Fran McPhail, Gerry Cullen)
- Liam O’Maonlai: Organ, Piano, Voices, Harmonium, Digeridoo
- Brendan Power: Harmonica
- Neil Martin: Cello
- Paul O’Driscoll: Bass
- Mike McGoldrick: Flute

The idea of "Many Happy Returns" was to produce an album of well-known tunes and songs which never seem to get old. And indeed they were selected well, and played even better. I’m a big fan of Conor Keane’s box playing and he has a great driving rhythm behind the group. The songs are lovely too and Niamh Parsons is a nice singer.

The album was released on the Shanachie Label (79095) in 1995.

Kilfenora Jigs

Is this simply the Kilfenora Jig renamed in plural, or is this a set of multiple jigs?

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Multiple, Freso - it’s a 5-part jig and a 2-part jig - both linked above now.