Jacqueline McCarthy: concertina
Tommy McCarthy, Sr.: concertina
Marion McCarthy: uilleann pipes
Bernadette McCarthy: fiddle, piano
Tommy McCarthy, Jr.: fiddle
Alec Finn: bouzouki
Tommy Keane: uilleann pipes, fiddle, flute, bodhran

Amateurs of Irish concertina music are in luck. Jacqueline McCarthy, who previously recorded the magnificent "The Wind Among the Reeds" with piper Tommy Keane, released this solo CD in 1999 and it is as wonderful as you might expect. Although there are solo tracks, with ever perfect bouzouki accompaniments by Alec Finn, this is more of a family affair. In addition to husband Tommy Keane (pipes, flute, fiddle, bodhran), the whole McCarthy clan, father Tommy Sr. (concertina), brother Tommy Jr. (fiddle), and sisters Marion (pipes) and Bernadette (fiddle, piano) participate in grand style. Excellent "pure drop" music.

Rating: ****

Price: $16.99                      
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See also:
     Tommy Keane & Jacqueline McCarthy: The Wind Among the Reeds
       The McCarthys: The Family Album
       Tommy McCarthy Sr.: Sportin Nell
       Maigh Seola: Beyond the Mearing Wall
1. Reels: The Old Torn Petticoat / Farewell to Miltown
2. Polka: Mrs. Ellen O'Dwyer's Fancy
3. Reels: The Connacht Heifers / Gilbert Clancy's
4. Set Dance: The Blackbird
5. Jigs: Cheer Up Old Hag / Walsh's Favourite / The Yellow Wattle
6. Harp Tune: Thomas Burke
7. Reels: Gerdy Commane's / The Heather Breeze
8. Hornpipes: Poll Halpenny / An tSean Bhean Bhocht
9. Waltz: The Trip We Took Over the Mountains
10. Slip Jigs: Hardiman the Fiddler/ The Humours of Derrykissane
11. Reels: The Ravelled Hank of Yarn / Trim the Velvet
12. Reels: The Old Bush / Nellie Donovan
13. Jigs: Paddy Taylor's No. 1 & 2
14. Reels: Sporting Paddy / The Beauty Spot
15. Jigs: John Dwyer's / An Boithrin Cam
16. Reels: Kitty's Gone a' Milking / Sarah Hobb's