Andy Irvine: vocals, mandolin, harmonica, hurdy-gurdy, bouzouki
Paul Brady: vocals, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar
Kevin Burke: fiddle
Donal Lunny: bouzouki

Another superlative recording, this one from 1976, from the Mulligan label which released so many trend-setting albums, among which those of the Bothy Band, during the 1970s. Andy Irvine, a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist, was a member of Sweeney's Men and Planxty in earlier years, while Paul Brady, at one time a member of the Johnstons with Mick Moloney, had briefly played with Planxty just before the group disbanded. Irvine and Brady continued on as a duet for a couple of years, and their working together resulted in this wonderful album, featuring outstanding song arrangements which clearly owe much to what had been done in Planxty, but take it a step further thanks to the uncommon versatility and virtuosity of the two musicians. Irvine's Eastern-European inflected arrangement of "Plains of Kildare" and Brady's extraordinary guitar work on "Arthur McBride" in particular are among the special moments here--but one could argue that the whole album is just one special moment. Kevin Burke's fluid fiddle playing brings a welcome contrast to the plucked string sound, especially on the dance tunes.
Rating: *****

Price: $16.99Recommended
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1. Plains of Kildare
2. Lough Erne Shore
3. Reels: Fred Finn's Reel / Sailing into Walpole's Marsh
4. Bonny Woodhall
5. Arthur McBride
6. The Jolly Soldier / The Blarney Pilgrim
7. Autumn Gold
8. Mary and the Soldier
9. Streets of Derry
10. Martinmas Time / The Little Stack of Wheat
See also:
Paul Brady & al.: The Liberty Tapes
      Kevin Burke: If the Cap Fits
Andy Irvine: Way Out Yonder