This second installment of film clips from the RTE Archives, totaling 152 minutes (52 clips) and dating from the 1960s to the 1980s, is very much in the same vein as the first, and while the "wow" factor may not be perhaps quite as high as with the first volume, there is still much to enjoy here. Like on the first DVD, there's a wide range of material, including again clips of the heroes of the 1970s revival, but in slightly different situations. From the same Bothy Band concert featured on Vol. 1, Kevin Burke is shown singing the hilarious "Mrs. Gilhooley's Party," with impeccable comedic timing and great lilting to boot; Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, and Donal Lunny give a powerful performance of Irvine's Balkan-tinged arrangement of "Plains of Kildare"; Frankie Gavin, Jackie Daly, and Alec Finn deliver a lively set of reels; and Dolores Keane and Reel Union give a wonderful rendition of "Craigie Hills." But perhaps more interesting even are the clips featuring some of the well-known figures of the tradition, like Fred Finn and Peter Horan, Seamus Ennis, and Larry McDonagh. Some of the much lesser known players are also a delight, like Mary Brogan on the harmonica, Liz King on the whistle, and Ella Mae Dwyer on the concertina. The Donegal fiddle tradition is well represented, with a clip featuring seven fiddle players among whom are Con Cassidy, Francie Byrne, Vincent Campbell, and James Byrne. Another clip shows a very young Brid Harper already demonstrating her considerable talent on the fiddle, and another is of fiddle player Michael Gallagher, with a young Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh looking on. There also a few noteworthy clips of dancing, some great sean-nos steps by Paidi Ban O'Broin, and a lovely group dance choreographed to resemble the famous Tara brooch. An there is more to discover. This DVD is "all-regions."

Rating: ****

Price: $35.99   Recommended
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1   Mary Brogan, mouth organ. Jigs: Blooming Meadows, Sixpenny Money
2   Frankie Gavin, Jackie Daly & Alec Finn, fiddle, accordion & bouzouki. Reels: Boys of Malin, An Gliomach
3   IVIullagh Half-Set, set dancing, & Musicians
4   Kevin Burke. Song; Mrs Gilhooley's Party
5   Michael Cooney, uilleann pipes. Reels: Belles of Tipperary, Mrs Galvin's
6   Bridge Ceili Band. Reels: Jackson's, Hunter's House
7   Bobby & Peggy Clancy. Song: Mrs McGrath
8   Francie Byrne, John Gallagher, Vincent Campbell, James Byrne, Con Cassidy, Peter Carr, fiddles. Reels: Mountain Reel,
9   laria O'Lionaird. Song: Cailin Deas Rua
10   Liz King, whistle. Reels: Jackson's, Colonel McBain
11   Peadar O'Loughlin & Paddy Murphy, flute & concertina. Reels: Dublin Reel, Trim the Velvet
12   Brid Harper, Donegal, fiddle. Jigs: Castleblaney Piper, Bank of Turf
13  Maighread Mi Dhomhnaill. Song: Foill, Foill, a Shagairt
14  Jimmy O'Brien Moran, uilleann pipes. Air: Dark Lochnagar
15  Ella Mae Dwyer, concertina. Fling: Behind the Bush in Parkhanna
16   Reel Union. Song: Craigie Hills
17   Martin Coyne, Johnny Cleary & Phil McTigue, fiddle, accordion & flute. Hornpipe: Plains of Boyle
18  Ronnie Drew. Song; Kerry Recruit
19  Ormond Ceili Band. Reels: Iniscealtra, Ormond Sound
20   Danny Kelleher, & Diarmaid, Eoini Maidhci & Danny O'Suilleabhain. Song; Glenlea
21   Micheal O'Riabhaigh, uilleann pipes. Air: Lament for Staker Wallace; reel: Kiss the Maid behind the Barrel
22   Josephine Keegan, fiddle. Reels: Micky Fearon's, Crosses of Annagh
23  Aileach. Song: Bonny Labouring Boy
24   Paidi Ban O'Broin & Dessie O'Connor, step dancing & whistle
25   Antoin Mac Gabhann & Feilim O'Raghallaigh, fiddles. Reels: O'Connell'sTrip to Parliament, Green Fields of America
26   Larry McDonagh STom Munnelly, flute & music collector. Reel: Cat that Ate the Candle; Air; Farewell to Whisky
27   Andy Irvine, Paul Brady & Donal Lunny, vocal, mandolin, guitar & bouzouki. Song: Plains of Kildare
28   Michael Gallagher, fiddle. Reels: Jug of Punch, The Blockers
29 Triona Ni Dhomhnaill & Liam Rowsome, vocal, keyboards & fiddle. Song: Casadh Cam na Feadamai
30   Horslips. Set dance: King of the Fairies
31   Fionnuala Mac Lochlainn. Song; Little Jimmy Murphy
32   Enniscorthy Set Dancers, set dancing, & Enniscorthy Musicians
33   Martin Reidy. Song: Girl I Left behind Me
34   Maire Ni Chathasaigh, harp. Air: Taimse im' Chodhladh is na Duistear Me
35   Joe Burke & Paddy Glackin, accordion & fiddle. Reels: Lord McDonald's, Ballinasloe Fair
36  Dubliners. Song: Home, Boys, Home
37   McCaffrey Dancers & Musicians. Exhibition dance: Tara Brooch
38   Bobby Gardiner & Johnny McDonagh, melodeon & bodhran. Jig: Humours of Glendart; Reel: Swallow's Tail
39   Planxty. Song: Little Musgrave
40   Conor Tully, Sean Casey & Frank Hogan, fiddle, banjo & mandola. Reels: Pigeon on the Gate, Drogheda Lassies
41   Na Fili. Air: An Londubh is an Cheirseach
42   Fred Finn & Peter Horan, fiddle & flute. Reels: Martin Mulhaire's No 9, Music in the Glen, McFadden's
43   Michael & Paddy Rafferty, lilting. Jig: Queen of the Rushes
44  Seosamh O'hEanai. Song: Cunla
45   Arty McGlynn, guitar. Jigs: Peter Byme's Fancy, Creeping Docken
46   Seamus Ennis, uilleann pipes. Reel: Mountain Thrush
47   Micheal O'Domhnaill & Kevin Burke, vocal, guitar & fiddle. Song: Casadh an tSugain
48   Packie Russell & Marcus Walsh, concertina & bodhran. Reels: Milliner's Daughter, First House in Connacht
49   Con Curtin, fiddle. Reel: Off in the Morning
50   Gonal O'Grada, flute. Jigs: Eavesdropper, Strop the Razor
51   Mick Mulkerrins & Seamus O'Mealoid, step-dancing, & Rath Cairn Musicians
52   Kilfenora Ceili Band. Single jigs: Old Kilfenora Jig, Old Favourite, Greensleeves
See also:
  Come West Along the Road