Mick Conneely: fiddle, bouzouki
Mick Conneely Sr.: fiddle
Niall O'Callanain: bouzouki

Those who have heard Mick's fiddle playing before are likely to remember his gutsy, intense, style of playing, admittedly  influenced by that of Frankie Gavin, with whom Mick shares a penchant for "self-accompaniment" with much double-stopping as well as tricky bow work, and those who like it will enjoy greatly the music on "Selkie." The album was recorded live and analog in a German studio, with bouzouki accompaniments by Niall O'Callanain, and a guest appearance by Mick Conneely Sr. on fiddle. Mick's choice of tunes, a nicely balanced combination of old standards and newer tunes, provides the perfect vehicle for a great display of his abilities as a player and as an improviser. Although it is difficult and unfair perhaps to single out one track over the others, the hornpipes "The Showman's Fancy" and "Flee as a Bird" stand out in my mind for the sheer virtuosity of Mick's playing, while the reel track "The Glen of Aherlow/The Bear Island Reel/The Green Fields of Glentown" makes a brilliant medley played with great flair. Mick's acknowledgement of his debt to the tradition is expressed through having his father, Mick Senior, play on a couple of tracks, one in duet with his son, and another where Mick Junior accompanies his father on bouzouki, Alec-Finn-style. You can definitely hear where Mick Junior got a lot of his music, as his father's playing would deserve an album all of its own.

Rating: ****

Price: $22.99
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1. Reels: Jenny's Wedding / The Old Bush / Scotch Mary
2. Jigs: Cailleach an Airgid / The Cat in the Corner / The Looharadawn's Jig
3. Reels: The Road to Cashel / Salthill Prom
4. Reels: The Providence / The Eel in the Sink / The Culfada
5. Slip Jigs: A Roll of the Dice / A Fig for a Kiss
6. Hornpipes: The Showman's Fancy / Flee as a Bird
7. Reels: Dinny O'Brien's / Farewell to Connacht / The Gravel Walks
8. Jigs: Farewell to Jim / That's More of It
9. Reels: The Jug of Punch / Sergeant Early's Dream / Paddy Fahy's Reel / Mullingar Races
10. Reels: McGlinchey's / McFadden's Handsome Daughter / I Have no Money
11. Set Dances: The Humours of Bandon / Planxty Maggie Brown
12. Reels: The Glen of Aherlow / Ril Bhearra / The Green Fields of Glentown
13. Reels: The Bird in the Bush / The Longford Tinker