John Carty: banjo, tenor guitar, fiddle
Alec Finn: bouzouki, tenor guitar, guitar
Brian McGrath: piano, tenor guitar
Johnny McDonagh: bodhran

In contrast with Carty's fiddle recordings from previous years, this new CD, on which he plays mostly banjo and tenor guitar and only adds a fiddle to the last track, is remarkable for its mellowness. On the very first track, to the familiar sound of Johnny "Ringo" McDonagh's bodhran, Carty opens at a moderate pace with the well-known piping reel "The Steam Packet," inserting only one triplet towards the end of the turn, then proceeds to expand his interpretation of the tune while playing it another four times. But who's counting, what's fascinating about Carty's playing is precisely this uncanny ability for a seemingly endless spinning out of subtle variations. Alec Finn contributes his trademark contrapuntal lines on bouzouki and tenor guitar, while Brian McGrath adds expert piano accompaniments. This is yet another spectacular production, if in a different vein, for Carty. Well done. (11/2005)

Rating: ****

Price: $24.99
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1. Reels: Steam Packet / Kiss the Maid Behind the Barrel
2. Jigs: The Kilfenora Set - Munster Buttermilk / The Old Favourite / Jimmy Ward's / I Will If I Can
3. Hornpipes: Queen of the West / City of Savannah
4. Reels: Sporting Nell / Matt Peoples' Reel
5. Jigs: Kimmel's / The Clare Shout
6. Hornpipe & Reel: Galway Hornpipe / Maid in the Cherry Tree
7. Jigs & Reel: Brian Rooney's - Paddy From Portlaw / Haunted House / The Godfather Reel
8. Barndance: The Warbling Robin
9. Reels: Cooley's / Maid Behind the Bar
10. O'Carolan's Concerto / O'Carolan's Draft
11. Reels: Father Kelly's / Moving Cloud
12. Hornpipe & Reel: De Dannan's
13. Two-Steps: James Morrison's - The Wreck of the '99 / Dem Golden Slippers / Goodbye Mick, Goodbye Pat
See also:
   John Carty & Brian McGrath: The Cat that Ate the Candle
    At the Racket: Mirth-Making Heroes
   James Carty: Upon My Soul