John Blake: flute, guitar, piano
Lamond Gillespie: fiddle, viola
Brian Rooney: fiddle
Tommy Maree: accordion
Mick Leahy: bouzouki

A wonderful new release featuring the talented John Blake, who is not only one of the best accompanists in Irish music today but also a skilled flute player, in duet with fiddle player Lamond Gillespie, with expert backing by Mick Leahy and Blake. The "godfather" himself, Brian Rooney, joins in on a couple of tracks, and so does box player Tommy Maree. Twelve tracks of this kind of music is just too little, I would have easily put up with twice as many. The music has a great swing, without being hurried or flashy. It demonstrates how good musicians such as these can show their individual talents and yet bring them all together to create an organic whole, a musical conversation where varied points of view are expressed freely but always reconciled.

Rating: ****Recommended

Price: $19.99
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1. Reels: Martin McMahon's / The Crooked Road to Dublin
2. Jigs: The Banks of Newfoundland / Drummond Castle
3. Reels: Man of the House / The Templehouse
4. Reels: The Golden Keyboard / Kiss th Maid Behind the Barrel
5. Reels: The Pigeon on the Gate / McKeigue's Reel / Maud Miller
6. Reels: The Duke of Leinster / The Reel of Rio
7. Jigs: Tom Billy's / Scatter the Mud
8. Reels: Jenny Picking Cockles / The New Custom House
9. Reels: The Glenside Cottage / The Crock of Gold / The Bag of Spuds
10. Reels: Gorman's Laurel Tree / Jim Donohue's
11. Reels: The Duke of Leinster's Wife / The Tarbolton
12. Hornpipes: Bantry Bay / The Smell of the Bog
See also:
    Blake, Gillespie & Leahy: Humours of Highgate
    Brian Rooney: The Godfather
     Brian Rooney: Leitrim to London