Matt Molloy: flute
John Carty: fiddle
Arty McGlynn: guitar
Paul Gurney: keyboards

Matt Molloy and John Carty are undoubtedly two of the best known traditional musicians in Ireland today, and two of the best exponents of the Roscommon-Sligo style. While Carty has recorded mostly solo as a fiddle player (he did record a banjo duet album), Molloy has made several duet recordings, notably with Tommy Peoples and Sean Keane, and most people familiar with those will probably draw comparisons. This new recording reminds me very much of the famed duet with Peoples, more for the raw energy than the actual style of playing of course, as Carty is a much more fluid player on the fiddle. Most of the tracks on the album we're recorded live at Molloy's pub in Westport, Co. Mayo, and even if only a smattering of applause can be heard now and again, it feels like the three musicians are going all out as if playing for a much large audience. Another aspect reminiscent of the Molloy/Peoples duet is the invention in the playing. Both Molloy and Carty love to improvise variations, with Carty's tending a bit more towards the quirky, and one of the great pleasures of listening to such musicians is to hear that interplay, that trading of musical ideas, made to sound so effortless. By contrast, Molloy's rendering of the air "Easter Snow," recorded in a studio with synth backup, seems a bit out of place, even if it is a showcase for the player's formidable control of his instrument. Lots of favorites from the Roscommon-Sligo tradition are recorded here, but you may not have heard them played quite like that before.

Rating: **** 1/2

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1. Barndance & Reels: Johnny Gorman's / The Galway Rambler / The Crosses of Annagh / McFadden's Handsome Daughter 
2. Reels:  Fergal O'Gara's/ Good Morning Nightcap / Conlon's Dreams
3. Jigs: The Pathway to the Well / Pride of Rockchapel / The Gold Ring
4. Reels: The New Line to Loughaun / Spoil the Dance
5. Air: Easter Snow
6. Reel: Lord MacDonald's
7. Hornpipes: The Plains of Boyle / The Belharbour
8. Reels: The Humours of Lissadell / Paddy Ryan's Dream / Mama's Pet
9. McDonagh's Salute 
10. Reels: Fred Finn's / Tom Steele's / The Hare in the Heather
11. Fling, Jig & Reel: Clarke's / Cherish the Ladies / Edenderry Reel
12. Jigs: Willie Coleman's / The Goldfield
13   Polkas: Ballinafad / Killavil Post
14. Reels: The Bloom of Youth / McGovern's / Tom Ward's Downfall / The Grand Spey
See also:
   John Carty: I Will if I Can
    Matt Molloy: Matt Molloy
    Matt Molloy: Stony Steps
    Matt Molloy - Paul Brady - Tommy Peoples
    The Bothy Band: 1975
    The Bothy Band: Old Hag You Have Killed Me
    The Bothy Band: Out of the Wind Into the Sun
    Wooden Flute Obsession