Mike Rafferty: flute, uilleann pipes
Mary Rafferty: accordion
Willie Kelly: fiddle
Joe Madden: accordion
Donal Clancy: guitar, bouzouki
Felix Dolan: piano

While Mike Rafferty and daughter Mary have made three albums together, this latest one is under Mike's name (Mary had a recent solo album too), and it does focus on him and his music. Mike Rafferty has become and Irish music icon, and for good reasons, his music is the "real deal." In many ways this album is a celebration of where that music came from. "Speed 78," by the way, is a reference to the old records made by the old Ballinakill Ceili Band, a constant source of inspiration. Especially notable in that regard are the tracks interspersed between the musical numbers on which Mike Rafferty talks about his early life and musical upbringing. The artwork, evoking photos and notes in an old-fashioned scrapbook, is a most appropriate complementing touch. Once again, a lovely production.

Rating: ****

Price: $16.99
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See also:
   Mike & Mary Rafferty: The Dangerous Reel
    Mike & Mary Rafferty: The Old Fireside Music
    Mike & Mary Rafferty: The Road from Ballinakill
    Mary Rafferty: Hand-Me-Downs
   Mike Rafferty & Willie Kelly: The New Broom
1. Jigs: Kevin Moloney's / The Scotsman Over the Border
2. Reels: The Shaskeen / The Green Blanket
3. Hornpipes: Tomgraney Castle / McMahon's
4. Story about first learning to play
5. Reels: The Collier's Reel / St. Ruth's Bush
6. Polka: I Have a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue
7. Story about my mother
8. Reels: Cormac O'Lunny's / The Braes of Busby
9. Jigs: Pauline O'Neill's / Cuil Aodh
10. Reels: Last Night's Fun / The Abbey
11. Air: Sliabh na mBan
12. Reels: The Piper's Despair / Peg McGrath's
13. Story about Joe Madden
14. Hornpipe: Ballyoran
15. Jigs: Collier's Jig / The Lark in the Strand
16. Reels: The Bower / Jenny's Picking Cockles
17. Jigs: Queen of the Rushes / Fr. John's Jubilee
18. Story about my father's uilleann pipes
19. Jigs: Garrett Barry's / The Woods of Old Limerick
20. Jigs: Young Tom Ennis / Jerry's Beaver Hat
21. Story about thinking of tunes
22. Reels: Ceo na gCnoc / Fr. Newman's Reel