John Vesey: fiddle
Paul Brady: guitar

Eddie Cahill: flute
Mick Moloney: guitar

For the past few years, the Coleman Heritage Center in Gurteen, Sligo, has been busy producing collections of archival recordings. This one, the newest, is a little unusual as, instead of consisting of a collection of mostly private recordings by different musicians and from different time periods, it is a re-release of two commercial LPs produced in the late 1970s by the US label Shanachie, John Vesey's "The First Month of Spring," and Eddie Cahill's "Ah! Surely." Although it would have been nice to hear those two master musicians play together, these were solo LPs, with guitar accompaniment, and the producers of the new release made a point of keeping them separate by making this a 2-CD set. For those who never had a chance to get those classic recordings when they were first out, here's a great opportunity to hear them, with their plusses and minuses--Brady's guitar playing, good technically otherwise, sounds rather odd juxtaposed to Vesey's playing, and Moloney's tends to drag things down on the Cahill album. But this is how it was done then and, a bit like one who listens to 78s must often mentally filter out bad piano accompaniments, this is not reason enough to ignore two great documents of the "Sligo style."

Rating: *** 1/2

Price: $28.99
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CD 1 - John Vesey
1. Reels: THe Reel of Rio / The Maid Behind the Bar
2. Jigs: Up Sligo
3. Reels: Mulvahi's / McFadden's Handsome Daughter
4. Reels: The Collier's / The Blackberry Blossom
5. Reels: Martin Wynne's 1 & 2
6. Reels: Around the World for Sport / The Curlew
7. Jigs: The Pride of Rockchapel / The Cat that Ate the Candle / Munster Buttermilk
8. Reel: Reel of Bogey (The Tramp)
9. Reels: Ah! Surely / An Corran Bui
10. Reels: My Love is Fair and Handsome / The Pride of Rathmore
11. Reels: Love at the Endings / The Old Blackthorn Stick
12. Reels: Last Night's Fun / The Master's Return

CD 2 - Eddie Cahill
1. Reels: The Laurel Bush / The Flower of Redhill
2. Reels: The Sailor on the Rock / The Duke of Leinster
3. Polkas: Sweeney's / A bfhaca tu mo Sheamuisin
4. Reels: Kitty Gone a-Milking / The Bird in the Bush
5. Jigs: Jim Conroy's / The Boys of the Town
6. Reels: Ah! Surely / The Old Copper Plate
7. Hornpipes: Jerry Daly's / Dunphy's
8. Reels: McKenna's
9. Reels: The Mountain Top / The Four Hand
10. Flings: The Primrose Lass / Green Grow the Rushes
11. Reels: The Silver Spear / Miss McLeod's
12. Polkas: THe Half Door / The Lakes of Sligo
13. Jigs: The Maids of Glenroe / Munster Buttermilk
14. Reels: Josie McDermott's / Down the Broom
See also:
       John Vesey: Sligo Fiddler