First released in 2001, Kieran's debut CD revealed to a larger audience a excellent piper whose playing had remained a best kept secret entirely too long. Unavailable for a while, Kieran's CD is out again, this time with a jewel box and sleeve notes even, so that those who might have missed it the first time around can discover a fine album of traditional music. Whether playing solo or in duet with the likes of John Williams, Liz Knowles, or ex-Danu fiddle player Jesse Smith, Kieran can deliver energetic, creative, sometimes humor-tinged renditions of traditional dance tunes like the best of them. Kieran's skills as a piper are also showcased in airs like "Gentle Philip Fahy," while his playing of the low whistle suits perfectly the gentle mood of Junior Crehan's lovely melody "Her Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back."
Rating: *** 1/2
1. An Cathair Rua Set
2. The Newport Lass / Frances Aucoin / Astro's Rough Day
3. Gentle Philip Fahy
4. Paidin, Tom, and the Lads
5. Tomeen O'Dea / The West Clare / The West Cork
6. Give It the Lash
7. The Southwest Wind / Will You Come Down to Limerick?
8. The Kerry Woman's Lament / The Gold Ring
9. The Old Dudeen / McGovern's / Gan Ainm
10. The Slippery Jigs
11. Her Golden Hair Hanging Down Her Back / Toss the Fiddles
12. Miller's Ditch / Gan Ainm / The Nova Scotia Reel