Sean O'Driscoll: banjo, bouzouki
Larry Egan: accordion
Mick Daly: guitar
Olga Barry: bodhran
John Gallery: spoons

Irish musicians know that kitchens are the best room for a great home session, and the two musicians featured on this album, who wanted to emulate the spirit as well as the sound of home-made music, did just that by recording in O'Driscoll's kitchen! From Blarney, Co. Cork, and now living in Cork City, banjo player Sean O'Driscoll spent many years in Minneapolis where he performed and recorded with accordion player Paddy O'Brien (Hill 16) and others. For this new album, he has teamed up with Larry Egan, a young accordion player from Co. Wicklow who also now resides in Cork and who, despite his young age, has already garnered four solo All-Ireland trophies. In fact, it is Egan's playing which steals the show here, as O'Driscoll's banjo technique, while adequate, is a bit rough around the edges. Another interest of this recording is the selection of material, which includes quite a few seldom heard tunes and some of O'Driscoll's own compositions.

Rating: *** 1/2

Price: $24.99
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1. Reels: The Trip to Birmingham / Down the Broom / The Ivy Leaf
2. Hornpipes: Sliabh na mBan / The City of Savannah
3. Reels: Eddie Kelly's / The Culfadda / Eddie Kelly's
4. Slow Reels: Johnny Henry's / The Lilies in the Field
5. Jigs: Tom Billy Murphy's / The Cooraclare / The Cuil Aodha
6. Reels: The Palm Tree / Kilty Town
7. Flings: The Cuil Aodha / Nettles in the Soup
8. Reels: The Ballydesmond / Cnoc na gClaracht
9. Air & Jigs: An Goban aor / The Muskerry Tram / Garrett Barry's
10. Reels: Bill Maley's / The Berehaven / The Stone in the Field
11. Jigs & Slip Jig: The Nightingale / The Return to Burton Road / Na Ceannabhain Bhana
12. Reels: Father Kelly's / The Whistling Postman / The West Clare
13. Reels: The Blackthorn Stick / The Sailor on the Rock