Dermot Byrne: accordion, melodeon
Stephen Cooney: guitar, keyboards
Donal Lunny: bouzouki, guitar, bodhran
Trevor Hutchinson: double bass

Solo release from 1995 by the great accordion player from Donegal who now plays with Altan. Byrne's smooth virtuosity on the button box, crisp ornamentation and melodic invention are all in full display here. This may remind some of Sharon Shannon's first release--the two players have similar technique and the accompaniments are in the same contemporary vein. However, Byrne plays mostly Irish tunes here, with the notable exception of the Latin tune "Tico Tico" on the last track.

Rating: ****

Price: $18.99
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See also:
   James Byrne: The Road to Glenlough
1. Reels: Master Seamus / Bunker Hill
2. Hornpipes: McInerney's / Japanese Hornpipe
3. Reels: Pigeon on the Gate / The Heather Breeze
4. Highlands
5. Reels: Mulhaire's / The Yellow Tinker / Daly's Reel
6. March, Jig, Reel: Welcome Home Grainne
7. Reels: The Broken Bridge / Winston in the 50's
8. Jigs: The Frost is All Over / Wild Oats / Oro Bog Liom i
9. Air: Paddy's Rambles Through the Park
10. Slip Jigs: Hardiman the Fiddler
11. Hornpipes: Kathleen Smith's / The Victoria
12. Tico Tico