Seamus Bugler: accordion
Brendan Bugler: accordion, piano
Billy Greenall: piano
John O'Brien: piano

Seamus Bugler is an accordion player from East Co. Clare whose playing on the B/C system is very much in line with that of Paddy O'Brien, the man who re-invented Irish accordion playing on that system back in the 1950s. In fact, Paddy O'Brien's Co. Tipperary is just across the border from Bugler's home, and O'Brien's compositions are very much a part of Bugler's repertoire. The heavy Paolo Soprani sound and the piano accompaniments give this recording an undeniably old-fashioned sound, but the playing is excellent, and the selection of tunes, including compositions by O'Brien as well as Paddy Fahey, Vincent Broderick (East Co. Galway is not far either), Sean Ryan, and others, keeps the listener's attention. The two tracks featuring Bugler and his son Brendan on twin accordions are a lovely illustration of the traditional process in action. With a generous 20 tracks, there's plenty of music here. A solid performance and an enjoyable album.

Rating: *** 1/2

Price: $19.99
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1. Reels: Old Road to Gary / John Brosnan's Reel
2. Jigs: Knocknagow / The Luck Penny
3. Hornpipes: Peter Wyper's / Paddy Fahey's
4. Reels: George White's / Toss the Feathers
5. Barn Dances: The Cameron Highlander / The New Broom
6. Jigs: The Caddy's Fancy / The One That Was Lost
7. Reels: Gan Ainm / The Wedding Reel / The Baltimore Salute
8. Hornpipes: The Pleasures of Hope / Caroline O'Neill's
9. Reels: The Duharra Reel / Larry's Favourite
10. Air: Easter Snow
11. Reels: The Graf Spee / The Boys of Portaferry
12. Jigs: The Munster Jig / The Nightingale / Paddy Fahey's
13. Hornpipes: Sault's Own Hornpipe / The New York Hornpipe
14. Reels: The Happy Man / Dinny O'Brien's
15. Set Dances: King of the Fairies / The Galtee Hunt
16. Reels: Patsy Touhey's  Reel / Paddy Lynn's Delight
17. Jigs: The Lark on the Strand / The Old Grey Goose
18. Reels: The Bunch of Keys / The Boy on the Hilltop
19. Hornpipes: Garrykennedy Castle / A Fool's Advice
20. Jigs: The Boys of Lough Gowna / The New House