Kitty Hayes: concertina
Peter Laban: uilleann pipes

For many of us, the release a few years ago of concertina player Kitty Hayes's CD "A Touch of Clare" was a revelation, and the news of a new recording featuring this treasure of Clare traditional music is cause for celebration. Here, Hayes is joined by transplanted Dutch piper Peter Laban. Other recordings before this one, particularly that of Tommy Keane and Jacqueline McCarthy, have shown that the marriage of pipes and concertina can be most successful musically, and the present CD is another proof of it. But its main interest is the understated approach to music-making shared by the two musicians, which makes it feel so comfortable and genuine. Some would call it "kitchen music," to convey the the intimate character of the experience--indeed, the album was recorded in Hayes' own kitchen, and one can almost feel the warmth from the stove and hear the kettle boiling. May Kitty Hayes keep recording such beautiful albums. (08/2006)

Rating: ****

Price: $19.99                     
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1. Jigs: The Newport Lass / Mist on the Meadow / The Legacy
2. Reels: The Concert Reel / The Hare's Paw / Garret Barry's Reel
3. Reels: The Humours of Tulla / Tear the Calico
4. Reels: The Girl That Broke my Heart / The Sligo Maid
5. Jigs: The Wandering Minstrel / Fasten the Leg in Her
6. Hornpipes: Hills of Coore / The Sack of Oats
7. Reels: The Pigeon on the Gate / The Drunken Landlady / Sporting Nell
8. Jigs: Winnie Hayes' / The Rose in the Heather
9. Reels: Corney is Coming / An Bhean Tinceara / The Collier's Reel
10. Slip Jigs: Na Ceannabhain Bhana / Hardiman the Fiddler
11. Air: 'Ar Eirinn Ni 'Neasfainn Ce Hi
12. Jigs: John Egan's # 1 & # 2
13. Reels: The Porthole of the Kelp / The Maids of Mitchellstown
14. Jigs: Lost and Found / The Haunted House / The Luthradan
15. Reels: The Mountain Top / Tom Ward's Downfall / The Honeymoon Reel
See also:
Kitty Hayes: A Touch of Clare