Johnny McCarthy: accordion
Conor McCarthy: accordion
Anne Marie McCormack: fiddle
Mike Fitzgerald: fiddle
Alph Duggan: guitar
Terry Moorehead: guitar

Johnny McCarthy is a terrific accordion player from Ennis, Co. Clare, whose style of playing has all the subtlety associated with the music of that region--and not usually with the accordion. Somehow, McCarthy, with his sliding into the notes and his relaxed tempo (which incidentally makes this a great CD to learn from), makes it sound like we're listening to Bobby Casey or Paddy Canny on the fiddle. McCarthy is also a former hurling star, and this CD was an opportunity for him to combine his passion for both music and sport, which makes for beautiful music as well as very entertaining record notes. Alph Duggan, previously heard behind Tommy Peoples on "The Quiet Glen," accompanies expertly, while McCarthy's son Conor, himself an impressive player (see above), and his wife Anne Marie McCormack (fiddle), as well as Mike Fitzgerald (fiddle) make guest appearances. This "run" is a winner. 

Rating: ****

Price: $18.99                      Recommended
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1. Reels: Sportin Nell / The Maid I Ne'er Forgot
2. Jigs: The Southwest Wind / Garret Barry's
3. Air & Hornpipe: Rahilly's Grave / An Caislean Oir
4. Reels: Stone in the Field / Martin Wood's Reel
5. Jigs: The Goat on the Green / Bobby Casey's
6. Set Dance: The Mount Phoebus Hunt
7. Reels: Tommy Coen's / Mother's Delight
8. Jigs: Dow the Back Lane / Scully Casey's
9. Air: Banchnoic Eireann
10. Reels: The Cup of Tea / The Clogher Reel
11. Jigs: The First Trout / Trip to Sligo
12. Air: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
13. Reels: Killarney Boys of Pleasure / Egan's / Mary of the Grove
14. Air: An Goirtin Eornan
15. Reels: Bunch of Keys / Eileen Curran