John Wynne: D and Eb flutes
John McEvoy: fiddle
Arty McGlynn: guitar
Paddy McEvoy: piano

Right on the heels of the great flute-and-fiddle duet album recorded a couple of years ago by sister and brother Catherine and John McEvoy comes yet another outstanding flute-and-fiddle CD featuring again John McEvoy on fiddle, this time paired up with the masterful Co. Roscommon flute player John Wynne, who recorded previously solo as well as with the band Providence. In fact, don't be surprised if the sound of this one reminds you of the McEvoys' album, it is very much in the same vein, by two musicians at the top of their game and ideally matched stylistically. And they are very well recorded to boot. This is lovely music, sweet yet powerful, flowing yet vitally rhythmic. The album, the material for which was sourced in many instances from previous generations of musicians from the Roscommon-Sligo tradition, is full of captivating tunes and unusual settings, surprising turns of phrase and inventive variations. Listen to the musicians' take on "The Red-haired Girl," or the classic polka "My Love is But a Lassie." And discover yet more new compositions by John McEvoy and others. This is another one of those albums which is sure to inspire the tune-hungry to add a few pages to their personal tunebook--I know I'm working on mine already. The accompaniments, by guitar master McGlynn and by McEvoy's own son Paddy on piano, complement the music beautifully in a most understated fashion. Wonderful!

Rating: **** 1/2

Price: $24.99
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See also:
    Catherine & John McEvoy: The Kilmore Fancy
    John Wynne: With Every Breath
    John Wynne: Like the Wind
      Providence: A Fig for a Kiss
      The Flute Players of Roscommon Vol. 1
1. Jigs: Pride of the West / Kilglass Lakes
2. March & Reels: Auchdon House / The Red-haired Lass /
3. Set Dance  & Hornpipe: An Suisin Ban / The Humours of Castlebernard
4. Reels: The Cedars of Lebanon / John Egan's / Doonagore
5. Jigs: The Wandering Minstrel / Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part / I Will if I Can
6. Reels: The Crib of Perches / The Tinker's Stick / Come up to the Room, I want Ye
7. Polkas: My Love is but a Lassie / The Lakes of Sligo
8. Reels: The Mountain Top / Ciaran's Reel
9. Air & Jigs: Edward on Lough Erne's Shore / The Tooth Fairy / Fraher's Jig
10. Reels: The Piper's Despair / The Mullingar Lea
11. March, Highland & Reel: The Balmoral Highlander / Thistle and Shamrock / Thistle and Shamrock
12. Jig: The Strayaway Child
13. Reel: The Maid of Mount Cisco
14. Reels: The Fairy Reel / Larry McDonagh's Reel