Micheal O'Raghallaigh: concertina
Michael Rooney: harp
Eoghan O'Brien: guitar
Triona Ni Dhomhnaill: keyboards

One of the great joys of my first trip up to East Durham for the Catskills Irish Week this summer was meeting Micheal, playing alongside him for a ceili, and getting from him this jewel of a CD fresh off the presses. It stayed in my car's CD player the whole time I was up there, and all the way back to Washington--it may well have saved my life, given how sleep-deprived one gets during those events. A resident of Co. Meath, and a member of the band Providence, Micheal O'Raghallaigh is undoubtedly one of the foremost concertina players in Ireland today, a fact made abundantly clear when his first solo album, "The Nervous Man," came out in 2001, and more than confirmed with this superb new recording. Although Micheal's concertina playing can sound quite busy, particularly with his liberal use of octave doubling and chords, it remains most tasteful and supremely musical at all times. The choice of material is equally judicious and balanced as it was on "Nervous Man," my personal favorites possibly being the reel "Mother and Child," the "Colonel Fraser" medley, with Vincent Broderick's wonderful reel "The Rookery," and the air "The Green Fields of Canada," based on the famous song associated with Paddy Tunney. Like on "Nervous Man" as well, the accompaniments by Rooney, O'Brien, and Ni Dhomhnaill are perfection itself. Beautiful music. (September 2006)

Rating: **** 1/2

Price: $19.99Recommended
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See also:
   The Nervous Man
   Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh, Micheal                                O'Raghallaigh: Comb Your Hair & Curl It
    Providence: A Fig for a Kiss
1. Jigs: The Diamond Jig / Piper's Chair / Maid in the Meadow
2. Reels: Ryan's Rant / Corney is Coming / King of the Clans
3. Reels: Kitty in the Lane / Michael Relihan's / Mother and Child
4. Jigs: Shandon Bells / The One That Was Lost / Anthony Frawley's
5. Reels: West Wind / Corner House / Connacht Heifers
6. Reels: Colonel Fraser's / Highest Hill in Sligo / The Rookery
7. Air: The Green Fields of Canada
8. Reels: Pinch of Snuff / Cleaning the Henhouse / Follow Me Down to Carlow
9. Jigs: Peter O'Byrne's Fancy / Come Along With Me / Besom in Bloom
10. Reels: Jim Donoghue's / O'Reilly's Greyhound / Lawson's Favourite / Dunboyne Strawplatter
11. Hornpipes: Humours of Tullycryan / Humours of Ballyconnell
12. Reels: Lord McDonald's / Fairhaired Boy / Miss Ramsey's / Ivy Leaf
13. Jigs: Sporting Pitchfork / Woods of Old Limerick / Lark on the Strand
14. Reels: Ambrose Maloney's / Dowd's Favourite / Toss the Feathers