Although the instrumentation remains the same, Providence has had a bit of change in its line-up and sounds quite different from its previous incarnation. While the great concertina player Micheal O'Raghallaigh is still central to the instrumental sound of the band, he is now joined by flute and whistle player Troy Bannon, who replaces John Wynne, and fiddler Michelle O'Brien, whose playing was heavily influenced by that of Tommy and Siobhan Peoples. Paul Doyle (guitar, bouzouki) remains one of the accompanists, but he now shares those duties with Cyril O'Donoghue (guitar, bouzouki) who also is the band's lead singer. As a result, the band's instrumental numbers are as strong as ever, while the singing shows significant improvement. However, the arrangements behind the songs, which often suffer from the lead musicians' tendency to "noodle," would need some tightening. (11/2005)

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1. Reels: The Glenntan Reel / Sandymount Reel / The Beauty Spot / The Ravelled Hank of Yarn / The Midnight Reel
2. Song: The Bantry Girl's Lament
3. Jigs & Slip Jigs: Garret Barry's / Biddy the Bold / The Fairy Jig
4. Song: Jack Haggerty
5. Barndances & Polkas: Dances at Kinvara / Chaffpool Post / The Roosky Polka / The Teelin Polka
6. Song: My Old Man
7. Reels: Glen of Aherlow / The Cornboy / The Road to Monalea
8. March, Slip Jig, & Reels: Leslie's March / Kitty Come Down to Limerick / Travers' No. 2 / Billy Brockers
9. Song: Jock o Hazeldean
10. Reels: Tommy Gunn's / Kiss the Maid Behind the Barrel / Molly Ban